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Old 06-19-2020, 08:54 AM
 
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After being born and raised in Spokane, I moved away in 1995 (solely due to career opportunity) and have lived in Vegas for the bulk of that time away. I often miss "home", go back to visit every once in a while and am considering it for retirement. I follow this forum (although there isn't much activity), to try to keep up on things, but most posts talk about how "bad it is". I'm curious to hear from those of you who have lived there 25+ years, what are the biggest changes you have seen? Things you like/dislike? Do you plan to stay/leave?
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Old 06-28-2020, 11:15 PM
 
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Heard it’s more left leaning then ever before.
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Old 08-25-2020, 11:54 PM
 
Location: WA Desert, Seattle native
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I don't live in Spokane, but visit frequently. I have been shamed on other threads for what some thought were insults to the city, which really were not, but so be it. I will focus on the positives.

The south hill may be one of the most beautiful residential areas in Eastern Washington, if not the entire State. Big oak trees and evergreens, some substantial houses, and a general upscale feel. Likewise, the other side of the hill has some beautiful, newer neighborhoods (most with views), though more expensive than the city generally.

Downtown still feels like a downtown, despite losing some big department stores, but welcome to the 2020's. Riverfront Park is terrific. As a kid I remember my parents driving through there in the early 70's and pointing out what "Skid Row" looks like. How it has become such a beautiful park and community gathering area is a credit to the city.

While Spokane's growth rate is not the highest in the state, there are positive signs. The new Amazon center up on the plateau is a big plus. The tech industry is growing, as it outgrows the Puget Sound region. Spokane Valley is also growing, albeit with a suburban feel. I do see some efforts to make that suburban feel more street friendly, however.

I also am impressed that Spokane has become more interested in the arts such as theater and museums.

Overall, Spokane has more positives than negatives. I personally don't care for the weather, but I know many love the real 4-season climate with few real extremes.

As for politics, generally conservative, but as cities evolve there usually is a lean a bit left. I am not surprised Spokane has followed this curve.
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Old 09-04-2020, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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Well, sad to say one of Spokane's main attractions for me, the White Elephant store, has closed. I really liked that store, good prices on all sorts of outdoor needs. Hunting/shooting, fishing, and toys. I never understood the toy connection till I brought my wife there, while I looked at the outdoor stuff, she looked at toys, and was thus entertained, and so not bugging me to go somewhere else...


Still will visit, but will miss White Elephant.
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Old 09-07-2020, 12:58 PM
 
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Heard it’s more left leaning then ever before.
which is why it's increasingly popular for younger folks, such as my daughter who has lived there for 20 years, who well understand they are raising their kids to be happy and functional in a multi-cultural world. Those pining for less tolerent will likely find themselves happier further east.
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Old Yesterday, 01:11 PM
 
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More tolerant sounds great to us! It sounds like Spokane might be our kind of place to consider.
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