The Downtown Spokane Partnership (DSP), on behalf of the Downtown Spokane Parking and Business Improvement District, is working with City Council Members and other local partners to secure and execute significant investment into the improvement and refurbishment of alleyways in downtown Spokane. By investing in infrastructure, street-surface upgrades, lighting, landscaping and more, improvements can be leveraged with private investment into these new public spaces. Creating a unique destination within downtown, these revitalized alleys will help to stimulate commerce at locally-owned restaurants and retailers, support hospitality and tourism, build safer streets, and aid in downtown’s economic recovery.

Lead by Council Member Lori Kinnear, the City of Spokane launched “Innovation Alleyways” in 2019 in an effort to revitalize dark and neglected alleyways adjacent to the elevated BNSF railroad. For the purpose of Downtown’s efforts, we are piloting areas closer-in, within walking distance of Riverfront Park and the densest areas of shopping and dining. By creating connection from Riverfront into commercial zones, park visitors will be encouraged to explore the greater downtown area and patronize businesses.

Current Efforts

The following are the alleyways on which the DSP's efforts are currently being focused: south of Main Avenue between 1) Washington and Stevens, 2) Stevens and Howard 3) Howard and Wall Street and 4) Railroad Alley between Monroe and Madison.

The DSP recently worked with Trek Architecture to produce renderings of the alleys to demonstrate possible end results. To see the renderings, click below.

View the 2022 renderings

“Alleyways present an opportunity for a third place within the downtown. First is the street and sidewalks, second being the shops and business. The potential for hybrid, outdoor spaces for events, shops, and even parks in the alleys is tremendous.”
-Survey Participant

Riverside Alley


Railroad Alley