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Inland Journal, Nov. 12, 2019: Outgoing Spokane Mayor David Condon

Doug Nadvornick/SPR

Today on the Inland Journal podcast, our final conversation with David Condon while he serves as mayor of Spokane.

Condon is leaving after eight years. He was the first person to be re-elected to the office in more than 40 years.He leaves the city in good financial shape with an economy that continues to grow. The city has taken on and nearly finished a huge public works project designed to improve the quality of the Spokane River. Riverfront Park is in the last stages of an expensive remodel. The University District is growing with a bright future. The West Plains is experiencing a huge buildout and a new public development authority is in the works for economically-challenged areas in northeast Spokane. On the other hand, there are issues with homelessness that many other American cities are grappling with and a housing shortage that could continue to drive up prices.

With all of that as context, we meet Condon for our final bi-monthly interview. Outside his office on an easel is a display that outlines the 100-day transition to the new mayor-elect. We started by asking how that transition is going.

Condon will make way for new Mayor-elect Nadine Woodward on December 30.

On the Inland Journal podcast, we talk about public affairs and other things that interest us. You can subscribe at Apple Podcasts, NPR One or Google Play or hear it at the Spokane Public Radio website. The podcast will take a two-week hiatus. We’ll be back later in November.