Originally Posted by mermaid_knitter
OMG!!! Thank you Tracy you have just made me so excited to move there I would love a little hobby farm. We are from Fairbanks, Ak so we are very use to icy snowy conditions -nothing like -45 weather- actually tires stick to the road at that temp. Long drives are not that bad since for us everything is a long drive. We are looking for a home in Davenport since its a half way point. I am going to be taking classes at EWU. The place sounds so cute and just what we are looking for. I am only concerned about getting a good dentist and pedi. because I avoid medical care for myself if at all possible
I found a birth center out in Spokane but I am concerned that there is only 2 that I could find. How is the crunchy community in Spokane? My Dh will need to rent a place if he gets this job, I will be staying behind in Fairbanks to finish the semester then I will join him..totting the dog and toddler with me. I am really excited about all this.
here is a link to another thread about spokane a few other little towns around it. One I included in my post in the following thread is Cheney (the town you will be attending college in). It's a great little town. I went middle and high school in Cheney. Although Cheney is southeast of davenport (spokane is to the east) it takes about the same amount of time to travel to as spokane.
check out my post (post 5) as well as post 5 & 6 for info reguarding Cheney and Spokane.http://www.mothering.com/discussions....php?t=1027211
There are very distinct areas in spokane. downtown is a mix of the extremes really. It has both money and poor. The valley is more spread out, more laid back, middle class. The near northside is low middle class, no extreme mainstream or crunchy. The far northside is middleclass and fairly mainstream I'd imagine. The lower south hill is poor. the edges of downtown, and browns addition (despite beautiful turn of the century mansions) is poor... most homes are converted into apartments
. The mid south hill is, middle, middle upper and upper class.... and crunchy. The top of the south hill is split between upper middle and upper class and still pretty crunchy. BEAUTIFUL homes on the south hill. Old, amazing, old growth tree lined cobble stone streets. The outskirts of Spokane is a mix of all class brackets and I'd say fairly crunchy. Lots of hobby farms and land. There is also a big orchard and fruit/veggies growing community called greenbluff (it's not it's own town, just a general area) just northeast of spokane. There are groups in Spokane for pretty much anything you could want. For starters you could go to meetup.com and put spokane into the search bar. I'm guessing by your name that you are a knitter. A good pal of mine (an MDC member that lives in north Spokane) just so happens to be an avid knitter who goes to knitting groups, and has her own cloth diaper and diaper accessory business. She knits all kinds of goodies for kiddos and sells those too.
Cheney is mostly middle class and pretty darn crunchy due to the kinds of homes on the outskirts of it. It's a very quiet, safe little town. To the south of Cheney is a wildlife reserve and lots of farmland and livestock farms. Cheney is also pretty proud of it's rodeo presense. The town is a mix of crunchy middle class, college kids that love the little bars on 1st street, and hicks (the good kind of hicks with manners and animal sense!). There is also a knitting/spining group that meets somewhere around the Cheney area. I only know this because my aunt is in it and my mother used to be in it back in the day.
Medical lake is small, pretty crunchy, surrounded by lakes, but fairly low income. Not much going on there. Sleepy town.
Airway is interesting (thats where I live). TONS of new houses and growth, not crunchy AT ALL aside from a LLL group and a little family owned farm that has a little store that sells organic meats, unpasturized milk, eggs, and some handmade products. It's pretty commercial but, I'm hoping that as it increases in size, the diversity of personality types and lifestyles will increase as well. It's hard for a town to be crunchy when it houses a prison, huge casino, airport, airforce base, and the one and only department store is a super wal mart
ok, and now I've typed too much! sorry for the rambling