Why not try real solutions?
Spokane could just decide to love its community more. Everyone wants less crime, but leaning on police to do all the work just creates more prisoners. We need to actually invest in our community; in each other.
The Spokane Public Library at Liberty park opened in November 2021. This new state-of-the-art facility featured large floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over Liberty Park, free meeting space, innovative children’s reading areas, and computer banks.
It also meant that the old East Central Library, a broad – squat brick building that shared a parking lot with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center – sat vacant.
Council Member Betsy Wilkerson, who represents District 2 where the East Central community is located, sponsored a Spokane City Council resolution establishing a community-driven process to determine the next tenants of the old library building.
City Council’s Response
City council contact information:
City Council President
District 1 – Michael Cathcart
District 2 – Lori Kinnear
District 3 – Zack Zappone
Hi, I’m … [Name] and I [live in District 2 / live in East Central / work in East Central / am concerned about what’s happening in East Central].
(Choose any of the following points that feel most authentic to you.)
I support transparent, collaborative, and inclusive processes for determining the fate of neighborhood resources.
I believe our elected City Council Members should be respected in their role as representatives of the communities which voted for them. Going over their heads to direct resources in their districts without their input is disrespectful to them, to voters, and to the democratic process.
I support ORDINANCE C36239, which would re-classify police locations into the pre-existing category of “essential city facilities,” and ask you to as well.
I call on the Mayor and City Administration to hold inclusive, in-person, stakeholder meetings about developments in East Central and the fate of the old library.
I call on the Mayor and City government to support a survey of East Central about the future of the old library conducted by a third, impartial party.
Thank you for taking this issue seriously.