Spokane NeighborWoods Promoting Critical Thought

By Nicole Hensley
Spokane, WA (April 20, 2011)- Spokane Urban Forestry is launching their newest endeavor, Spokane NeighborWoods. They’re a national program created by Alliance for Community Trees. The Spokane chapter was founded earlier this year and they plan to celebrate their official launch on May 7th at Spokane Public Market.

They want to promote community stewardship groups that take the initiative to beautify and strengthen their neighborhood forests. Recently, they presented an idea through their Facebook page regarding the intersection of Lincoln and Post in the Emerson/Garfield neighborhood. They’re calling it a, “Tale of Two Lincolns.”
“The Lincoln Center (see above), on North Lincoln, has a wonderfully landscaped street front. The paved triangle to the south (where Post and Lincoln split) is a different story (see below). Asphalt, asphalt, and more asphalt.” said Spokane NeighborWoods’ Facebook page. They continued, “This could be a great park, swale, garden, or all three. Beyond the considerable aesthetic advantages, a planted site would reduce storm water and heat island effect.”
Already the suggestion is seeing huge response. One reader, Melissa Wittstruck, responded, “I walked up there the other day to an event at the Lincoln Center and thought along similar lines – how much more useful it could be as a green space/urban respite/community mini-park.”
Another reader, Susan Traver wrote, “These large concrete islands are everywhere in the City, if they can’t contain greenery at least they should have tasteful low rocks, cobblestones, etc.” Stan Burke, Emerson/Garfield Neighborhood Council chair, called the suggestion, “a great project idea.” He continued, “We can bring it up at the next meeting.” The next meeting for the neighborhood council is May 11th. For those interested in learning more about this project, it’s recommended to attend the meeting. In order to become an official member and to vote on presented issues, you need to attend three meetings within a six month period.
The Lincoln and Post intersection is simply an illustration presented by Spokane Neighborwoods to provide an “opportunity for critical thinking.” As they stated in responding comments to their post, “This is an encouragement to everyone active in neighborhood planning. Be intentional. Be engaged.”

Related Resources:

KXLY- Spokane NeighborWoods Promoting Critical Thought
City of Spokane NeighborWoods