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Convention Center Follies: Politics, Power, and Public Investment in American Cities (American Business, Politics, and Society) Hardcover – 19 May 2014

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  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press (19 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812245776
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812245776
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 16 x 3.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,226,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Page turner for anyone who has witnessed cultural facility development 18 July 2014
By Reyn Bowman - Published on Amazon.com
As a veteran of four decades in community destination marketing I highly recommend this book to officeholders, policy makers, planners and economic developers including DMO execs. It is as applicable to ballparks, stadiums, performing arts centers when they are disconnected from their primary purpose and without careful calibration to demand.
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Expose on Public Money Squandering 10 July 2014
By Space Enthusiast - Published on Amazon.com
Surprisingly readable for the subject matter, the book excels in explaining the reasons behind why public monies are spent on convention center complexes despite evidence of slight community economic payoff. It joins works on stadium spending as a cautionary tale for readers of all political stripes.
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A must read by all elected officials and government officials 23 Sept. 2014
By Pressure - Published on Amazon.com
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A must read by any elected or government official thinking about spending public money on such a project. This book places much doubt on all the "expert studies" performed to justify projects. Heywood Sanders utilizes a wealth of data to reinforce his statement.

Please purchase this book for all your city officials.
Great book. I had the same questions as Sanders ... 20 Jan. 2015
By Kocos - Published on Amazon.com
Great book. I had the same questions as Sanders and I am happy he published this book.
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