Does Spokane suck? It's open to interpretation and discussion, really. But, according to a recently launched website, the answer is yes, and the person behind said website also kind of sucks at keeping his identity a secret.
An intro to SpokaneSuck.com is available by visiting the site, and reads:
With a crime rate of 78 per one thousand residents, Spokane has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes - from the smallest towns to the very largest cities. One's chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime here is one in 13. Within Washington, more than 98% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Spokane.
And a deliberately enunciated video claims, among other things, that Spokane has "forgotten how to be great, and lost focus of its priorities."
And while there might be some truth to those statements, much of the SpokaneSucks.com message seems to be getting lost in the presentation. At least one Spokane residents was peeved by the widespread posting of SpokaneSucks.com fliers, with a commenter identified as "SuperSpokaneMan" chiming in on YouTube:
Thank you to the person/people who finally removed these signs from the Northside.
Though I empathize w/your aims, the execution sucked. This is a city that already has an inferiority complex thanks to yocal-locals who've never lived anyplace else (if you think Spokane is bad, move to Detroit, Baltimore, Birmingham, etc.). Starting a website titled "SpokaneSucks" was not the answer (may I suggest "SpokaneCrimeSucks"?), nor was littering the community w/advertisements for it.
Even more of a talking point, however, has been the lengths to which Bartlett went to conceal his identity as the website's creator, and how miserably he failed at it.
As the Spokesman Review notes:
The website's creator paid to keep his or her name off registration information, but Bartlett's name, age and town of residence are included in the site's coding.
Bartlett is a poker player who's active on poker websites. He posted on a site's "off topic" discussion board Tuesday and asked "if it is possible to buy a domain name and not have other people know you own it?"
"...I am going to make this site quit contraversal and would prefer if no one else would be able to figure it out," Bartlett wrote. "That includes the local media."
In hindsight, of course, seeking guidance on such matters from a poker website was probably a dumb idea.