Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Spokane Valley Council Debates Gateway Idea

We've been talking about 'gateways' a lot lately around here- the entrances to cities or metropolitan areas that a lot of communities are trying to spruce up in order to send a positive message about their area to the people who use those areas.

Spokane Valley is no different- they have an idea in mind for a gateway. The only problem is now they're debating what it should include. A piece of property near Appleway and Thierman was slated to get an entrayway welcome sign, but the plan then grew to include art, trees, and apparently a sidewalk is required. Now some City Council members say it's too much- and too expensive- while others say that 'curb appeal' is necessary to entice businesses and shoppers.

The Spokane Valley News Herald looks at both sides of the issue.

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SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

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