Another interesting part of the article is the wording of the article, which makes Tolbert look really stubborn. The article says:
From everything I've heard, the mall IS pretty much beyond repair. Apparently people have been breaking in, stealing wiring, copper piping and other things inside the mall that would need to be replaced before anything could reopen at the mall. That's not even mentioning the damage done to the reputation of the area due to the empty mall, which is also beyond repair without some major redevelopment.
He also says project supporters are misleading the public, and refuses to believe anyone who says the old building is beyond repair.