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Mall comparisons tilted

The Spokesman-Review published a story the other day by staff writer Tom Sowa, when he opined how well the River Park Square mall is doing compared to NorthTown and the Valley malls. Sowa treats as gospel stuff that is put out by Mr. Stephen Pohl, River Park Square manager, who says the same ol’, same ol’ rubbish when he testifies before the Spokane City Council. Let’s see the profit or loss facts in print, not horn-blowing by the manager of RPS.

These pump-up-the-truth PR guys play word games that give the perception of positive profits in some businesses, even though it’s not a true picture of all the facts. They want everybody to believe this nonsense. Kind of like Bernie Madoff did, hoodwinking the public for several decades, and come to find out it was not the truth.

If the number of vacancies were counted at all the malls in Spokane (businesses that went to the wall) the statistics would be skewed as those businesses are no longer counted (only the hundreds of employees unemployed).

In my opinion, Tom Sowa’s story read like a Cowles Publishing-owned River Park Square mall advertisement.

Dick Adams


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