I lived in a huge apartment complex on North Nevada St. in Spokane, WA. It was a newer complex of 1,500 apartments built during the early years of Eastern Washington's housing bubble. My neighborhood was filled with working class people, and it was close to the Deer Park suburbs. The rent was very reasonable, and I got to experience the famous Inland Northwest "four seasons."
Spokane is a medium-sized metro area that hasn't yet learned to deal with growth. Spokane is the largest city in Eastern Washington, but most of the people cling to a rural type of living. Growing up in the area, I was familiar with most of the nicknames for Spokane. They include Spo-Compton, Spook-a-loo, and Spo-Can't! These names were likely given because Spokane has a surprisingly-high crime rate (especially for drugs and auto theft). It is politically liberal and progressive, but has a hard time taking care of things like roads and employment.
The negatives associated with Spokane are all products of the past housing bubble. Massive numbers of people relocating from other urban areas, especially California and the East Coast, put the local economy and government into a headspin. While Spokane offers the same professional opportunities as places like Redmond and Seattle, it hasn't quite figured out how to balance population growth with infrastructure concerns.
Spokane is a "Yin-Yang" city-there are goods, and consequent bads! The area is absolutely beautiful and perfect for outdoor sportsmen, but with population growth, it is hard to find solitude. Whitworth and Gonzaga Universities are world class, but Spokane is largely a welfare community. The hills are filled with wall-to-wall mansions, but marijuana and Meth culture is present in nearly every neighborhood. Most Spokanites are very friendly, but they will run-over their own mothers to make the next traffic light.
Rental prices here are amazing right now for homes, more Inexpensive than a lot of other cities in the U.S. Raising a family here is better because minimum wage is high but rent is low. If you make more than minimum wage here, you find that you live very comfortably.
There are good job opportunities. If more renters cared about and took care of their houses and property, Spokane would be more beautiful though. There is plenty of gorgeous outdoor nature, trails, and scenery. People in the community are nice. Saying hello and have manners for the most part.
There is a nightlife here and it's getting better with music and clubs becoming more popular and this is also a good area for growth.
Spokane recycles, which is huge to me. Yay, I'm in the part of the country that really cares about the planet and our carbon footprint!
Downtown is fun and really awesome looking with the old churches.
People here seem pretty laid back. So far do good. A bit cold but it's February.
People I talk to here have good things to say. I'm glad to be living here!
I recently relocated to Spokane, WA after visiting friends who live there and falling in love with the area. Spokane is a beautiful city with friendly locals, tons of shopping and a fabulous downtown riverfront area. Just one visit and you will realize that Spokane is full of wonderful surprises and pleasures for both visitors and locals alike.
Spokane has an endless variety of activities for nature lovers of all ages to enjoy. Manito Park is one of the city's top highlights and has a duck pond, picturesque gardens, a conservatory, playgrounds, biking and walking paths that provide entertainment and plenty of outdoor activities. Centennial Trail offers a car-free environment for biking, horseback riding and hiking with its 37 miles of trails along the scenic Spokane River.
Downtown Spokane is a safe and easily walkable area that offers many shops, restaurants and a movie complex with an IMAX theater. The Spokane Symphony provides both classical and pops orchestra musical performances. With many excellent restaurants serving a delicious variety of cuisines to choose from, a night out in Spokane is great for couples, friends and families.
Of course Spokane is not for those who prefer more moderate temperatures. The winter months can be cold and they do get some snow and rainy days. Late spring and early fall are the best time for visitors to get out and enjoy the city and all the nearby nature activities as the summers can be quite warm.
No matter if you are relocating or just visiting, your time in Spokane will be a memorable experience. From strolling in the parks to mountain climbing, rafting and hiking, there are plenty of activities to keep you entertained as you enjoy this enchanting city.
As someone who enjoys both kayaking and rafting, Spokane, WA proved to be paradise! The Spokane River, which empties into the Columbia River is an ideal spot for those who enjoy river sports or rafting.
If rafts and kayaks don't appeal to your sense of adventure, Spokane has many more attractions to offer! Several nice art galleries are available for browsing. Are you a nature lover or just want to enjoy some peace and quiet time in a natural setting? Visit Spokane's Finch Arboretum. Take advantage of the several walking paths in Spokane that wind through the magnificent botanical and tree garden. Visit in the spring and enjoy the colorful flowering plants and trees. Autumn brings in the breathtaking colors of fall foliage.
Clean, affordable lodging is available as most national hotel chains have at least one establishment in Spokane.
Restaurant choices are abundant in Spokane. One of our favorite eateries is Downriver Grill. Forget about your waistline and just enjoy the delights offered in this busy, family-owned Spokane favorite.