The 'Best American Riverfront' voting has ended and Spokane plac - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

The 'Best American Riverfront' voting has ended and Spokane placed...

Posted: Updated:
Spokane took home second place in the "Best American Riverfront" competition in USA Today Spokane took home second place in the "Best American Riverfront" competition in USA Today
SPOKANE, Wash. - For the past few weeks, we've been pushing you to vote for Spokane as USA Today's "Best American Riverfront City." And the voting certainly helped. Thanks to you, Spokane raced out to a lead over the likes of Pittsburgh, Detroit, Louisville and Richmond. As the close of voting drew nearer, we were neck and neck with Wilmington, N.C. The voting closed on Monday and Spokane placed... second. 

But hey, second place isn't such a bad place to be. The Buffalo Bills once came in second place four seasons in a row! That means they went to the Super Bowl four years in a row! That's pretty impressive! We'll be looking for another fight next year Wilmington.

Golf legend Jack Nicklaus came in second place 19 times at major PGA events. Still more than Tiger. He's still an icon. So are we.

Al Gore actually won the popular vote in the 2000 Presidential election, but lost the electoral college! That's a tough second place victory. But nice to know you were the most popular. This "Best American Riverfront" must've been done based on some sort of electoral college, because had it been solely on popularity, we certainly would've won. Right?

Clay Aiken not only came in second place on American Idol, but also was the runner-up to Arsenio Hall on The Apprentice. Okay, ignore that one. Bad example. 

How about the greatest runner-up of all-time? Buzz Aldrin. Sure he was the second man on the moon, but he was still on the moon! We're you ever on the moon Pittsburgh? I didn't think so. We were. 

So as we might feel a little bit bad we didn't take home the coveted "Best American Riverfront City" title from USA Today's readers, we can gracefully wish nothing but the best to Neil Armstrong... err... Wilmington, N.C., and chant the obligatory second place hymn: "There's always next year." 

Thanks for voting Spokane! You're #1 in my heart!

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Cheney teacher's Twitter thread on letting student sleep goes viral

    Cheney teacher's Twitter thread on letting student sleep goes viral

    Monday, May 21 2018 9:34 PM EDT2018-05-22 01:34:14 GMT

    CHENEY, Wash. - A Cheney High School English teacher let a student sleep in his class last week and the thread on Twitter describing the reason has gone viral.  Monte Syrie tweeted the reason he let the student, Meg, sleep in class last week and the thread caught the attention of many.  The thread reads in its entirety here: 

    >>

    CHENEY, Wash. - A Cheney High School English teacher let a student sleep in his class last week and the thread on Twitter describing the reason has gone viral.  Monte Syrie tweeted the reason he let the student, Meg, sleep in class last week and the thread caught the attention of many.  The thread reads in its entirety here: 

    >>
  • Friends remember Spokane man fatally stabbed

    Friends remember Spokane man fatally stabbed

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 2:05 AM EDT2018-05-22 06:05:55 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash.- Friends and family are devastated and heartbroken over the death of 28-year-old Corey Ward, who was stabbed and slashed by a killer. Ward did not survive and so far, Spokane police haven't made any arrests. It happened on May 17 just before midnight in the 2400 block of West Cleveland in Northwest Spokane.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash.- Friends and family are devastated and heartbroken over the death of 28-year-old Corey Ward, who was stabbed and slashed by a killer. Ward did not survive and so far, Spokane police haven't made any arrests. It happened on May 17 just before midnight in the 2400 block of West Cleveland in Northwest Spokane.

    >>
  • Florida man climbs on playground equipment, tells kids where babies come from

    Florida man climbs on playground equipment, tells kids where babies come from

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 1:56 AM EDT2018-05-22 05:56:04 GMT

    CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. - A 30-year-old Florida man was fined $118 and ordered to stay away from a park after police say the man climbed on playground equipment and yelled at children in the area about where babies come from. Otis Dawayne Ryan was taken into custody on a charge of disorderly conduct around 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon in Clearwater Beach, according to the Tampa Bay Times. 

    >>

    CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. - A 30-year-old Florida man was fined $118 and ordered to stay away from a park after police say the man climbed on playground equipment and yelled at children in the area about where babies come from. Otis Dawayne Ryan was taken into custody on a charge of disorderly conduct around 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon in Clearwater Beach, according to the Tampa Bay Times. 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Spokane business uses high-pitched beeping sound as loitering deterrent

    Spokane business uses high-pitched beeping sound as loitering deterrent

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 1:07 AM EDT2018-05-23 05:07:19 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - If you're near 2nd and Division in downtown Spokane, you may hear something unpleasant. It's a high pitched beeping sound coming from the nearby 7-Eleven.  "It works great sometimes in crowd dispersal applications...the military's used it...so it is a useful tool," said Officer Josh Laiva of the Spokane Police Department.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - If you're near 2nd and Division in downtown Spokane, you may hear something unpleasant. It's a high pitched beeping sound coming from the nearby 7-Eleven.  "It works great sometimes in crowd dispersal applications...the military's used it...so it is a useful tool," said Officer Josh Laiva of the Spokane Police Department.

    >>
  • Philip Roth, fearless and celebrated author, dies at 85

    Philip Roth, fearless and celebrated author, dies at 85

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 12:04 AM EDT2018-05-23 04:04:19 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) - Philip Roth, a prize-winning novelist and fearless narrator of sex, death, assimilation and fate, has died.    The celebrated and controversial author of "Portnoy's Complaint," ''The Counterlife" and other novels was 85. His death was confirmed by his literary agent, Andrew Wylie, who said Roth died Tuesday night of congestive heart failure.

    >>

    NEW YORK (AP) - Philip Roth, a prize-winning novelist and fearless narrator of sex, death, assimilation and fate, has died.    The celebrated and controversial author of "Portnoy's Complaint," ''The Counterlife" and other novels was 85. His death was confirmed by his literary agent, Andrew Wylie, who said Roth died Tuesday night of congestive heart failure.

    >>
  • ACLU: Amazon shouldn't sell face-recognition tech to police

    ACLU: Amazon shouldn't sell face-recognition tech to police

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 11:15 PM EDT2018-05-23 03:15:02 GMT

    SEATTLE (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union and other privacy activists are asking Amazon to stop marketing a powerful facial recognition tool to police.    They say law enforcement agencies could use the technology to to easily build a system that would automate the identification and tracking of anyone.    The tool is called Rekognition.

    >>

    SEATTLE (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union and other privacy activists are asking Amazon to stop marketing a powerful facial recognition tool to police.    They say law enforcement agencies could use the technology to to easily build a system that would automate the identification and tracking of anyone.    The tool is called Rekognition.

    >>