Division Street Gateway

At a Glance:

Location: Spokane, Washington

Date: 2012

Vital Condition: Basic Needs for Health and Safety, Belonging and Civic Muscle, Reliable Transportation, Thriving Natural World

Determinants of Health: food access, clean air, neighborhood safety, belonging and civic muscle, active transportation, traffic safety, clean water, traffic safety

Affected Population: People Living in Poverty

Research Methods: Primary research, Survey

Community Types: urban

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The City of Spokane is redeveloping the Division Street Gateway, a little over a mile of State Highway 2 that runs through the heart of downtown Spokane from its inception at Interstate 90 to its intersection with the Spokane River and north to the Gonzaga University neighborhood. This is essentially the city’s front door and living room, leading to the central business district, civic buildings, and Riverpoint Campus in the University District, home to five university branches. In addition to other safety and aesthetic deficits, this area experiences a relatively high level of bicycle and pedestrian accidents compared to other major streets in downtown Spokane. Together with the City of Spokane, other local organizations and city officials, the Spokane Regional Health District conducted an HIA to measure the potential health impact of the construction plan. The topics studied were transportation, safety, physical and mental health, social cohesion, economy, built environment, and natural environment. Data and recommendations were presented at informational meetings with the development consultant and city planners. The HIA is hoping to inform the final development plan and presented HIA findings at a City Council meeting in mid-2012. The findings are that the Division Street Gateway Project design will improve east-west connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists, enhance Spokane’s visual image, and provide safe and effective transportation for all modes.

This Health Impact Assessment Report first appeared in The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health. The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health was originally developed by the Health Impact Project, formerly a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts. The creation of this resource was supported by a grant from the Health Impact Project. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Pew Charitable Trusts, or the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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Division Street Gateway

Division Street Gateway

This is a health impact assessment conducted on a redevelopment plan for Division Street, which is located along the I-90 freeway in downtown Spokane, Washingto...

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