Readers respond to an Inlander article about future projects in downtown Spokane ("Downtown By Design," 1/9/20):
Kimberly Hagan Murphy: Could we please fix the roads first? Spokane is drawing people to the area without being prepared for the traffic increase. Our freeway is so bad you can barely see the lane markings at night, especially when it's wet. Is Street Design really going to be an improvement or something beautified?
Mike Copler: How about free parking downtown on Saturdays. Most of the local businesses could use the business and it would help stimulate our downtown even more.
Raymond Ramos: Yes, definitely another Parkade would be great but with retail options at the top floor and great rooftop restaurant/bar.
Ted Hill: I love downtown Spokane, I've never had any real problem with parking. But I can walk. Or skateboard. More bike-friendly places to park bikes inside. Just like a coat check.
Michael McCarrey: Spokane is its own worst enemy. It's led by a pack of incompetent nincompoops who do everything based on polls, leftist committee decisions and payments received from a myopic, inbred plutocracy. Spokane burned down its one chance for Victorian glory and class and never looked back. As the camel being referred to as a racehorse designed by a committee, so goes Spokane. Give it back to the Spokane Tribe. At least their traditional encampments were pleasing to look at, as opposed to the boxy, concrete, glass, and chrome buildings.
Matt Beckley: Maybe fix the homeless problem first so I want to come downtown?
Anne M. Carl: Forget downtown. Fix the rest of the city. ♦