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Convention Center Follies: Politics, Power, and Public Investment in American Cities

Heywood T. Sanders
Format
Book
Published
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, [2014]
Edition
1st ed
Language
English
Series
American Business, Politics, and Society
ISBN
9780812245776, 0812245776
Summary
"American cities have experienced a remarkable surge in convention center development over the last two decades, with exhibit hall space growing from 40 million square feet in 1990 to 70 million in 2011--an increase of almost 75 percent. Proponents of these projects promised new jobs, new private development, and new tax revenues. Yet even as cities from Boston and Orlando to Phoenix and Seattle have invested in more convention center space, the return on that investment has proven limited and elusive. Why, then, do cities keep building them?"--Publisher's website
Contents
  • Building boom
  • Paying for the box
  • Promises and realities
  • They will come... and spend
  • Missing impact
  • Chicago : bolstering the business district
  • Atlanta : enhancing property values
  • St. Louis : protection from erosion
  • Conclusion : the cities business builds.
Description
xii, 514 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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