Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Spokane to Get New Skywalk; Some Say They're Detrimental to Businesses

Downtown Spokane is getting it's first new skywalk in two decades. The elevated walkway was approved by City Council yesterday and will connect the Convention Center with the Grand Hotel Spokane, which is under construction now. The Spokesman-Review has the story.

Not everyone was supportive though. While he voted for the skywalk, Councilmember Jon Snyder said skywalks are detrimental to ground-level stores. This article on Spokane Rising agrees, saying they take people off the streets and put them in sterile hallways, basically.


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