"In Convention Center Follies, Heywood Sanders deflates overblown claims that convention centers will contribute to urban economic development and explains why city leaders so easily succumb to these claims. This carefully researched and clearly argued book is an exceptionally important contribution to the study of urban redevelopment and the politics of policy making."-Susan S. Fainstein, author of Policy, Planning, and People: Promoting Justice in Urban Development "Heywood Sanders describes in rich detail how, beginning in the 1950s and continuing into the twenty-first century, American metropolises have made convention centers key elements in their efforts to revitalize ailing central business districts-and why the billions of dollars spent on the enterprise have yielded such meager results. An eye-opening study written clearly and forcefully, Convention Center Follies is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the factors that have shaped modern U.S. cities."-Roger Biles, Illinois State University "Convention Center Follies is political history at its best. Sanders convincingly generalizes across extensive cases and national data to offer a cautionary tale about motives, incentives, and local economic development."-Edward W. Hill, Cleveland State University
About the Author
Heywood T. Sanders is Professor of Public Administration at the University of Texas at San Antonio, editor of Urban Texas: Politics and Development, and coeditor of The Politics of Urban Development.