Pros and cons of living in Spokane?
-You can live in any residential environment you want. Downtown, suburban, rural, small town. All are still relatively affordable and available
-Lots of outdoors stuff to do. Hiking, swimming, biking, skiing, offroading, hunting, fishing, etc
-Lots of good breweries
-A handful of good restaurants
-Beautiful scenery imo
-All 4 seasons, plus a bonus smoke season!
-Lots of people stuck in the past. Some people don't want Spokane to grow or mature
-Lots of people never leave after highschool. Take this as you will
-Growing pains. Spokane is still trying to figure itself out. Are we gonna be urban or not?
-Rough neighborhoods (in places)
-Not a lot to do past drinking, eating, or outdoors
I love Spokane, but I've always said its a city where you need to entertain yourself. It isn't like Seattle where you can throw a dart and find an event, art show, concert, etc.
edit: to answer a few of your questions:
Biking: We have a lot of really excellent mountain biking and road riding around us. Beacon Hill, Mt Spokane, Iller Creek, Silver Mountain, Schweitzer are all great for MTBing. Road riding, anywhere on the palouse is beautiful.
Winters: fuckin rough
Universities: EWU is a great, small state school. You'll meet a lot of people who went there who have no school pride at all. Gonzaga is our hometown baby, you better learn to love college basketball