Residence Inn Coming to NW Blvd

A four-story Residence Inn is proposed for Northwest Blvd between Emma Ave and W Davidson Ave. A public hearing will evaluate the proposal. The developer is CDA Hotel, LLC, which happens to be the same developer of the Marriott proposed on Sherman Ave.

The Irony of the NIMBY Mindset

In 2005, concerned citizens in Coeur d’Alene worked to minimize height restrictions downtown. A Spokesman Review article, here, specifically stated the “proposal isn’t in response to a seven-story building planned for 609 E. Sherman between the Potlatch Building and a new office for Hatch Mueller.”

Our photo, nearly 20 years later, shows the condos towering over the Potlatch Building and the Mueller building in the distance.

Twenty years after the condos and skyscrapers were built, condo residents oppose construction of a Marriott hotel in the empty lot across the street pictured below. City council tabled the issue for 90 days in order to modify hearing protocol to allow additional public testimony.

Mayor 90% Certain the Roosevelt Will Stand

As city council meeting kicked off, Mayor Hammond shared news that he is “[ninety percent certain the Roosevelt isn’t going anywhere].” The community room, packed with citizens, erupted in applause. Mr. Hammond as apparently found another buyer for the property, a 1905 structure called The Roosevelt Inn, formerly the Roosevelt School, which was under contract and slated for demolition. Hammond stated the buyer has the funds and will [create a deed restriction] to protect the building in the long term. He did not divulge the name.

Thomas George Rising in Downtown

Our team photographed many stages of the construction project so far. Here’s the latest for those who don’t frequent downtown CdA.

The Thomas George condos in downtown CdA, on Front street, are slowly but surely rising into the skyline.

The Power of the Ballot

In the evolving landscape of democracy, one truth remains constant: voting is the cornerstone of societal progress. It’s not only a civic duty but a profound expression of individual agency and collective will. Yet, despite its significance, voter turnout often lags behind in the United States of America. For instance, in 2016 the voter turnout was only 59.2%(UC Santa Barbara). Here’s why casting your vote isn’t just the right thing to do, but also an act of empowerment.

First and foremost, voting is the essence of democracy in action. It’s the mechanism through which ordinary citizens assert their influence on the direction of their communities, regions, and nations. When you cast your ballot, you’re participating in a grand symphony of voices, each note contributing to the melody of governance. In a world where apathy and disillusionment can sometimes overshadow optimism, voting becomes a beacon of hope, illuminating the path towards a better tomorrow.

Moreover, voting is an assertion of your values and priorities. Each ballot represents not just a choice between candidates or policies but a reflection of your beliefs, aspirations, and concerns. By exercising your right to vote, you’re affirming your stake in the society you inhabit. Whether you’re advocating for environmental sustainability, social justice, or economic prosperity, your vote amplifies your voice, ensuring that your concerns are heard and heeded by those in power.

Furthermore, voting is a powerful tool for change. History is replete with examples of how the ballot box has been instrumental in driving transformative shifts in society. From suffragettes fighting for women’s rights to civil rights activists battling against racial discrimination, the act of voting has been a catalyst for progress. By casting your vote, you become an agent of change, contributing to the ongoing narrative of societal evolution and advancement.

Beyond its immediate impact, voting also serves as a block against tyranny and oppression. In democratic societies, the ballot box serves as a check on authoritarian tendencies, ensuring that power remains vested in the hands of the people rather than a select few. By participating in the electoral process, you’re upholding the principles of liberty, equality, and justice upon which democracy is built. In doing so, you’re not just safeguarding your own rights but those of future generations as well.

Voting is more than just a civic obligation; it’s a declaration of autonomy, a catalyst for change, and a safeguard against tyranny. In a world where the forces of division often seem insurmountable, the act of casting your ballot remains a beacon of hope, a testament to the enduring power of democracy. So, when the time comes, don’t just vote—embrace the spirit of democracy and let your voice be heard.