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According to some folks who attended the public session last night on the convention center, the meeting got pretty hot.
The common sense location for the convention center could be overridden by political concerns and the pressure to bail out Tower City. Public voices last night put their finger on the tight relationship between Forest City and the GCP.
The problem with the Tower City scenario: the location does not work logistically very well. Conventions are a business of flow — moving people and equipment in and out quickly. To be competitive (and gain market share in a very soft market), Cleveland must excel at logistics.
The Tower City location is too tight to make logistics competitive. The biggest risk of the Tower City/Forest City option, then, is that the public will end up with an expensive, empty box.
One conclusion is clear. After ten years of trying, Cleveland’s leadership does not have a clue about how to design and manage a civic process to get a convention center built.
Last 5 posts by Ed Morrison
- Signing off - February 3rd, 2012
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- Linking and leveraging university assets to strengthen regional economies - January 27th, 2012