Sneak Peek: The local housing market; Spokane’s Kitty Cantina; the revival of drive-ins; and a new Cajun restaurant!

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HIGHLIGHTS
This week, we’re taking a deep look at housing in the Inland Northwest and we uncovered plenty of optimism and data suggesting the industry is, indeed, rebounding. But there’s also a bit of if-wishing-made-it-so sentiment. “Honestly, in my heart of hearts, I can’t think of a reason the Spokane economy and real estate market is going to do anything other than continue on the strong path it’s on,” Tom Clark, president of the Spokane Association of Realtors, tells us.

• Also this week: We talk with Scott Moran, a Spokane native, who’s co-created Comedy Central’s first binge-oriented sitcom, we introduce you to Spokane’s Kitty Cantina and we go to an old-school drive-in — the perfect vehicle for movies in the time of COVID.

A VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE
Also on Monday, Eastern Washington University’s faculty senate approved a vote of no confidence in university President Mary Cullinan. A total of 35 out of 42 faculty senators supported the no-confidence vote. Board of Trustees chair Vicki Wilson says the board is “disappointed” by the vote, but intends “to move forward with the course we have charted.” MORE

GOGGLES COME IN HANDY
Two years ago, Whitworth University chemistry major Jessie Lewis used safety goggles in a lab to prevent anything from getting in her eyes. More recently, that same pair of goggles was used for protection against Spokane Police Department’s tear gas. Don’t miss her harrowing story. MORE

click to enlarge CALEB WALSH ILLUSTRATION
Caleb Walsh illustration

QUIET PLEASE!
The Spokane City Council voted 4-3 on Monday night to ban the use of noise-emitting devices commonly referred to by the brand name Mosquito, which downtown businesses have used to deter loitering. The legislation now heads to Mayor Nadine Woodward for her signature or veto. MORE

A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT
Environmental groups and the Makah Indian Tribe have sued the Environmental Protection Agency over its move to roll-back water quality standards in a way that would allow more pollution. MORE

TALKING TV
Q&A: S.W.A.T writer Aaron Rahsaan Thomas on police militarization, the 'Punisher Skull' and what he hates about most cop shows. MORE

TASTE OF THE BIG EASY
The new Vieux Carre NOLA Kitchen is bringing Cajun flavors to West Central Spokane. MORE

LAST WORD
Matt Slater of former Spokane band The Smokes talks protests and social change in Minneapolis: “I’ve been at the protests every day except one. I went to [George Floyd’s] funeral, and that was a heavy burden. There were no protests. Some people had to be told, ‘This is not the place. We’re not doing chants.’” MORE

Climate Action Committee Meeting @ Kootenai Environmental Alliance

Wed., July 15, 6:30 p.m., Wed., Aug. 19, 6:30 p.m. and Wed., Sept. 16, 6:30 p.m.
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About The Author

Jacob H. Fries

Jacob H. Fries is the editor of the Inlander. In that position, he oversees editorial coverage of the paper and occasionally contributes his own writing. Before joining the paper, he wrote for numerous publications, including the Tampa Bay Times, the Boston Globe and the New York Times. He grew up in Spokane Valley...