Thursday, October 30, 2014

Three possible names for that still-unnamed plaza near City Hall

Posted By on Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 12:10 PM

click to enlarge A dedication at the plaza when Huntington Park reopened in May - YOUNG KWAK
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A dedication at the plaza when Huntington Park reopened in May

Remember earlier this year when the city planned to name a new plaza next to City Hall after Spokane founding father James Glover? They'd even already bought the stone engraved with his name on it. Then, some city councilmembers started to wonder whether Glover was really the type of guy we wanted to be naming public gathering spaces after. As it turns out, Glover's history is, well, complicated, especially around how he treated his wife. The Inlander published an in-depth story about his troubled legacy this summer, which you can read here.

After the council backed away from the name "Glover Plaza," the city asked for suggestions from the public about what to name the area. They got a range of responses, including a small campaign to name the plaza after local writer and musician Isamu Jordan, who died last year.

Now, the Plan Commission (a group that advises the city council, but can't make these decisions on its own) is recommending three possible names to inspire the naming of the plaza:

The council will vote to choose one of these Nov. 10 Nov. 17. What's your pick?


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Heidi Groover is a staff writer at the Inlander, where she covers city government and drug policy. On the job, she's spent time with prostitutes, "street kids," marriage equality advocates and the family of a 16-year-old organ donor...