Thursday, June 09, 2005

A Program Not To Be Missed

The Society of Professional Journalists’ Cleveland Chapter
and the Bloggers Network of Northeast Ohio
Bring You an Evening with Professor Heywood Sanders
Tuesday, June 14th, 6:00 p.m.
Artefino Gallery and Café
1900 Superior Ave.,in the Tower Press Building

On June 14th, 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 on the gallery's
You can learn more about Prof. Sanders’ 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, click

*Note to podcasters: as a courtesy to the City Club, which is underwriting Dr. Sanders’ visit, he asks that you please respect a brief embargo on his June 14th presentation, and not make that material available until after his City Club appearance a day later.


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