January 12, 2018

Spokane, Washington

Life in Spokane, Washington, explained by people who’ve lived in Spokane:

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Spokane Favorites

What’s your favorite thing about living in Spokane?

  • Spokane Fair. (Chapman, 2.5 years)
  • Lots of opportunity, beautiful city. (Joss, 3 years)
  • The nature and people are very nice. (Bri, 8 years)
  • Close to family. (Corinne, 12 years)
  • Riverfront Park and the malls. (Elizabeth, 12 years)
  • The beauty. (Cameron, 13 years)
  • Affordability. (Rodney, 15+ years)
  • It sucks. (David, 20 years)
  • We have everything..all the different kinds of weather, outdoorsy stuff, a temple, and a ton of community activities and resources. (Thessaly, 27 years)
  • It’s home. I was born and raised here. I love how close we are to nature, but not too far from a city. Nice balance of both. (Anonymous, 33 years)
  • I can’t pick just one thing, I like it all the way around pretty much. (Tanya, 41 years)
  • Growth in art and culture. (Julie, 47 years)
  • City parks. (Laura, 58 years)
  • The geographical area. (Kathe, 60 years)
  • It’s God’s country in the Northwest. (Teresa, 60 years)
  • All the seasons. (Bill, 64 years)

Spokane Least Favorites

What’s your least favorite thing about living in Spokane?

  • The people and South hill in the winter. (Chapman, 2.5 years)
  • Increasing crime. (Joss, 3 years)
  • The strong drug and crime presence. (Bri, 8 years)
  • The crime and the rednecks. (Corinne, 12 years)
  • The increase in crime the last few years. (Elizabeth, 12 years)
  • Potholes. (Cameron, 13 years)
  • People moving here and bringing their crime. (Rodney, 15+ years)
  • It’s far too easy to feel alone. (Thessaly, 27 years)
  • Lack of opportunity to move up in some fields of work, unless you know someone. (Anonymous, 33 years)
  • Crime. (Tanya, 41 years)
  • Increased crime. (Julie, 47 years)
  • Cold weather. (Laura, 58 years)
  • The crime rate increasing. (Kathe, 60 years)
  • Nothing. (Teresa, 60 years)
  • Poor job pay. (Bill, 64 years)

Spokane Things To Do

What are fun things to do in Spokane?

  • Strictly Swing, walking by the river and Green Bluffs. (Chapman, 2.5 years)
  • Parks, malls, river, theaters. Good jump off point for back country exploration. (Joss, 3 years)
  • Hiking, annual events that are held. Like Hoopfest, Lilac Parade, Bloomsday, etc. (Bri, 8 years)
  • There are some good places to eat and some good breweries. Greenbluff is probably my favorite. (Corinne, 12 years)
  • Laserquest, escape rooms, walking Riverfront Park, Wonderland and Pattison’s. (Elizabeth, 12 years)
  • LaserQuest, Medical Lake. (Cameron, 13 years)
  • Casinos, shopping, scenery, bars. (Rodney, 15+ years)
  • Nothing safe. (David, 20 years)
  • Running or exploring the mountains, visit the historic places in the downtown area, partake in the annual events (Bloomsday, hoop fest, pig out in the park), go to Green Bluff. (Thessaly, 27 years)
  • Go outside! Mount Spokane, Riverside State Park, a variety of restaurants, Riverfront park. (Anonymous, 33 years)
  • Shopping, movies, going to restaurants and the beautiful parks. (Tanya, 41 years)
  • Art galleries, outdoor activities. (Julie, 47 years)
  • Picnics. (Laura, 58 years)
  • Exploring the area. (Kathe, 60 years)
  • Go to River Park, lots of lakes and mountains. (Teresa, 60 years)

Spokane’s Reputation

What’s Spokane known for?

  • Mental health issues. (Chapman, 2.5 years)
  • Bloomsday, Riverfront Park. (Joss, 3 years)
  • Gonzaga and being on Live PD. (Bri, 8 years)
  • Meth. (Corinne, 12 years)
  • Hoop Fest, Bloomsday and Z Nation. (Elizabeth, 12 years)
  • Potholes. (Cameron, 13 years)
  • Medical, affordability, public programs, snow and friendliness. (Rodney, 15+ years)
  • Crime. (David, 20 years)
  • See above.. plus Bing Crosby is from here and Father’s Day originated here. (Thessaly, 27 years)
  • Fathers day was founded here, Z-nation, near nature, near perfect. (Anonymous, 33 years)
  • Bloomsday, Gonzaga Basketball, Hoopfest. (Tanya, 41 years)
  • Area lakes. (Julie, 47 years)
  • Gonzaga Basketball. (Laura, 58 years)
  • Closeness to activities. (Kathe, 60 years)
  • Bing Crosby and worlds fair in 1974. (Teresa, 60 years)
  • Expo 74. (Bill, 64 years)

Spokane Crime

What’s the crime like in Spokane? (hot spot areas, etc.)

  • Felony Flats (West Spokane). (Chapman, 2.5 years)
  • Lots of car theft and drug related crime. Browns addition, lower south hill, west central can be rough. Increasing crime everywhere though. I lived in a decent area and had at least a half dozen pursuits through my complex. (Joss, 3 years)
  • It’s awful. Hillyard is the worst. Lots of car theft, lots of drugs. A lot of homeless people. (Bri, 8 years)
  • It’s bad. Some areas are better than others, but there are still problems, even in the nice areas. (Corinne, 12 years)
  • It’s getting worse by the day. A lot of property crime and theft and drug related issues. Hillyard area, downtown and the east side of town are the worst spots to be in. (Elizabeth, 12 years)
  • Driving over potholes. (Cameron, 13 years)
  • Downtown and northside. (Rodney, 15+ years)
  • Very high. (David, 20 years)
  • Hillyard and parts of the lower south hill should be avoided. (Thessaly, 27 years)
  • Hillyard and downtown, felony flats are all hot spots, meth, car jacking, taking packages and other theft are popular. (Anonymous, 33 years)
  • Bad over on the east side of town, as well as the west side. (Tanya, 41 years)
  • It sucks. (Julie, 47 years)
  • An increasing problem. (Kathe, 60 years)
  • Not as bad as other places. (Teresa, 60 years)
  • It’s no worse than other cities this side. (Bill, 64 years)

Spokane Advice

Any advice for people moving to Spokane?

  • Go somewhere else. (Chapman, 2.5 years)
  • Have an open mind and take advantage of opportunity. This city can be whatever you make of it. (Joss, 3 years)
  • Stay away from the Spokane area, find a house in the valley, Liberty Lake or the north side near Mead. The upper south hill is nice, lower is really bad. (Bri, 8 years)
  • Be very careful of the neighborhood you move into. (Corinne, 12 years)
  • Stay to the lower north side and way out north. Enjoy the outlying areas as well there are a lot of hidden treasures as well. (Elizabeth, 12 years)
  • Beware of potholes. (Cameron, 13 years)
  • Please don’t bring your crime with you, and Spokane Valley, South Hill, Liberty Lake, and Nine Mile Falls- safe best places to live. (Rodney, 15+ years)
  • Don’t. (David, 20 years)
  • Immerse yourself in it! (Thessaly, 27 years)
  • Enjoy it here! Get out and explore the area and areas just outside of it. Learn the history of this city. And just have as much fun as you can! (Anonymous, 33 years)
  • Pick your area of town carefully, some are worse than others. (Tanya, 41 years)
  • Familiarize yourself with the area. Don’t be afraid to make friends. (Julie, 47 years)
  • Stay away, we don’t want you here. (Teresa, 60 years)
  • Great place to live. (Bill, 64 years)

Spokane Stories

Share an experience you’ve had in Spokane (fun, crazy, dangerous, etc.).

  • Going to the ORV park and and going mudding. (Chapman, 2.5 years)
  • Summer weekends at riverfront with my dog…lots to do, see… (Joss, 3 years)
  • Hoopfest is always really fun! (Bri, 8 years)
  • I have done Hoopfest every year for approximately 8 years. It’s fun to watch the games, and spend time down town exploring. (Elizabeth, 12 years)
  • Cliff jumping at Medical Lake. (Cameron, 13 years)
  • There are a lot of helpful resources and friendly people. (Rodney, 15+ years)
  • Homeless the last 9 years. (David, 20 years)
  • I’ve never been able to leave for long without wanting to come back. (Thessaly, 27 years)
  • Staying at the Davenport Hotel. What an amazing experience. Also just being born and raised here, I can always find something to do, and learn something I never knew. (Anonymous, 33 years)
  • Going to thousand steps cemetery…and seeing the ground frozen in a spot there, during the SUMMER! (Tanya, 41 years)
  • The Party Trolley is a must! (Julie, 47 years)
  • Expo ’74. (Laura, 58 years)
  • Steering Committee for Expo 74. (Kathe, 60 years)
  • Cruising Riverside. (Teresa, 60 years)
  • Expo 74. (Bill, 64 years)

Spokane’s Future

How do you think Spokane will change over the next 10 years?

  • Negatively. (Chapman, 2.5 years)
  • Hopefully for the better. Increased industry, new businesses moving in, wider housing development and market. (Joss, 3 years)
  • It will get really big. Crime might get worse, but that comes with bigger cities. Spokane is growing, it’s really hard to find a house. People come up from everywhere. Especially California. (Bri, 8 years)
  • Hopefully with all the rebuilding downtown we will attract a lot more exciting things to town. (Elizabeth, 12 years)
  • More potholes. (Cameron, 13 years)
  • I’m hoping it will have less crime, but I fear the cost of living will rise, and more crime families will move here to escape their pricey cities. (Rodney, 15+ years)
  • It won’t. (David, 20 years)
  • I’m sure it’s going to keep growing, but it’ll always keep its mid-sized city feel. (Thessaly, 27 years)
  • Who knows…I just hope things change for the better. (Anonymous, 33 years)
  • Hopefully crime will go down exponentially. (Tanya, 41 years)
  • Sadly, the cost of living is going to increase. But the arts and entertainment is going to get better as well. (Julie, 47 years)
  • More congestion. (Laura, 58 years)
  • Better downtown area. (Kathe, 60 years)
  • Get higher. (Teresa, 60 years)

Spokane Facts

Any other interesting facts about Spokane?

  • Top 3rd in the country for ugly people. (Chapman, 2.5 years)
  • Spokane is in a really cool growth phase. There are still a lot of small town values and neighborhood pride, but there are increasing big city opportunities and attractions. It’s the best of both worlds. There’s something wonderful for just about anyone. I loved having so many neat restaurants in easy reach. (Joss, 3 years)
  • Father’s Day started here! Bing Crosby also went to Gonzaga I believe. The Bing Crosby theater is named after him downtown. People usually call it “The Bing”. (Bri, 8 years)
  • Hoopfast. (Cameron, 13 years)
  • There are over 100 parks here! (Thessaly, 27 years)
  • Spokane used to have a ‘Chinatown’ in downtown Spokane years ago… (Anonymous, 33 years)
  • Bing Crosby, Craig T. Nelson and Julia Sweeney were all born here. (Tanya, 41 years)
  • The Spokane House has a great history that many are not aware of. (Julie, 47 years)
  • Too many to mention. (Teresa, 60 years)
  • My grandfather came here when it was mostly Spokane Indians! (Bill, 64 years)