June 14, Prof. Haywood Sanders on Convention Center arms race
Jun 10, 2005 10:20 PDT
The Society of Professional Journalists=92 Cleveland Chapter
and the Bloggers Network of Northeast Ohio
Bring You an Evening with Professor Heywood Sanders
Tuesday, June 14, 2005, 6:00 p.m.
Artefino Gallery and Caf=E9
1900 Superior Ave., in the Tower Press Building, Cleveland
On June 14, the Cleveland Chapter of the Society of
Professional Journalists, in partnership with an emerging
alliance of bloggers who live in and write about Northeast
Ohio, hosts Professor Heywood Sanders for a program that
explores what has been called a municipal convention center
arms race, and how it has been covered by the media.
The session begins at 6 p.m., at Cleveland artist Hector
Vega's Artefino Gallery, which has graciously donated the
meeting space. The sponsors are proud to offer this
important program on a vital public issue (quickly coming to
a head in Cleveland) free and to open it to the general
public. Participants, however, are encouraged to purchase
food and/or beverages at the gallery.
A day later, Dr. Sanders will appear at the City Club of
Cleveland, where he is scheduled to debate Anthony Coyne,
who chairs the City of Cleveland's Planning Commission.
Over the past decade, public capital spending on convention
centers in the U.S. has doubled to $2.4 billion annually,
increasing convention space by over 50 percent since 1990.
Nationwide, 44 new or expanded convention centers are now in
planning or construction.
Dr. Sanders, a professor of urban studies at the University
of Texas at San Antonio, has emerged as perhaps the nation's
leading critic of this building boom. His influential study
for the Brookings Institution in January 2005 argued that
the results of all this investment in convention centers has
been disappointing. "Existing convention centers have seen
their business evaporate, while new centers and expansions
are delivering remarkably little in terms of attendance and
activity," he concluded.
Details on and directions to Artefino are available at
You can learn more about Prof. Sanders=92 work, read his
entire study and sample some of the press coverage by
visiting the Brookings Institution website:
To learn more about the City Club program, visit the
*Note to podcasters: as a courtesy to the City Club, which
is underwriting Dr. Sanders=92 visit, he asks that you please
respect a brief embargo on his June 14 presentation, and not
make that material available until after his City Club
appearance a day later.