Downtown business development troubles, and Southwest ends flights to Portland

NEWS – Development – How young developer Rob Brewster’s early runaway success sputtered in Spokane.

Notes that hardly any Spokane businesses are growing “robustly”.

Elsewhere today, Southwest Airlines announced discontinuance of non-stop service from Spokane to Portland.

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Spokane Crime, Employment, Airport Usage, Office Vacancy Rates and some “just WTF?”

Spokane Crime

Spokane is one great big crime hot spot: Spokane GIS – Crime Map.

Not sure why they bother to highlight some areas on the map – looks like most of the map is a hot spot. Ouch!


Non-Farm Jobs in Spokane Continues to Slide in 2012

Worst July since pre-historic times. And the January 2012 number was revised way downward.

Mentally draw a trend line through the downturn side of the chart – yeah, the situation is getting worse year over year. We’ve seen the first of two annual employment peaks and the first 2012 peak is lower than it was in 2010 and 2011. This is not good. In fact, this really, really bad.

Update: What is the State doing with the data?

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