1. Proposition 1 passed in November, which will maintain, improve and expand public transportation within Spokane Transit’s service area.
2. Main Ave received diagonal parking and a face lift, creating a more pedestrian-friendly street while adding more than 20 parking spaces. Wall Street got an upgrade with the completion of an event space next to the new Urban Outfitters.
3. The great craft beer migration! The Brewery Incubator and Steel Barrel Tap Room opened, providing brewing space for Young Buck and Little Spokane Brewing downtown. Local favorite Iron goat also moved downtown and added pizza its menu.
4. Party in the park kicked off a number of updates to Spokane’s most popular attraction: Riverfront Park.
5. Yoga at the tribal gathering place was a tremendous success throughout the summer.
6. Vintage Spokane prints and postcards by Chris Bovey were released, bringing local landmarks to the homes of Spofans everywhere.
7. Carhartt, Tomato Street, and Urban Outfitters opened highly successful new locations in the heart of downtown.
8. After closing in late March, the Macy’s building sold to Centennial Properties and is currently under renovation to become new retail and residential spaces.
9. The Chronicle building was renovated into apartments and opened to tenants.
10. Window Dressing conducted its first class of Creative Enterprise, allowing creative businesses to fill empty storefronts, test their ideas and get on their feet.
11. Eventiversaries! Bloomsday celebrated its 40th anniversary and Spokane Pride celebrated 25 years of advocacy and community engagement.
12. Inland Northwest Car Club Council show took over the streets, featuring over 400 cars.
13. Sir-Mix-a-Lot brought some funk to Pig Out in the Park.
14. Indaba Coffee became Luke’s Diner for a day in celebration of Gilmore Girls’ 16th anniversary.
15. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis brought “The Camping Trip” tour to the Bing Crosby Theater providing the duo a kind of “homecoming” after filing their music video for the hit “Downtown” on the streets of Downtown Spokane.
16. Parking meter funds paid for 30 new bike racks and an extensive number of beautification projects downtown.