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Maren Murphy

Innovation Alleyways

Maren Murphy, Assistant Planner, 509.625.6737

Monday, September 23, 2019 at 4 p.m.

Innovation Alleyways

Updated: September 25, 2019

The City of Spokane and the Mayor’s Office launched the Innovation Alleyways project at the beginning of the year to explore ways to revitalize and re-envision select downtown alleyways into places of connectivity and vibrant arts culture.

Following a series of community engagement opportunities, the Mayor’s Office is pleased to announce the development of the Innovation Alleyways Toolkit. The toolkit builds on feedback received from property owners, businesses, residents, and community partners between January and June, including stakeholder meetings, a two-day design workshop, an open house, and a community survey with over 270 responses.

The toolkit provides an accessible overview of the permitting processes as well as best practices for property owners and the community to move forward. The outcome is to encourage alleyway improvements in downtown Spokane with lighting and greenery as well as people-oriented spaces for café seating, arts, music, and other programming that help make the alleys a destination.

The Innovation Alleyways toolkit is available to download for review.

In addition, the Mayor’s Office and City staff will host a launch release to provide a sneak peek at the toolkit with community stakeholders and partners.

Innovation Alleyways Toolkit Launch
Date: Thursday, Sept. 26
Time: 4 – 5 p.m.
Location: Whistle Punk Brewing, Railroad Alley, 122 S. Monroe Street

The Innovation Alleyways project concentrates on transforming the use of alleyways to functional pedestrian spaces. This project is specifically focused on Railroad Alley and the Steam Plant Alley which runs parallel to the railroad viaduct.

For more information, please contact Maren Murphy, Assistant Planner, at or 509.625.6737.

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