Defying Conventional Wisdom: Should Boston Expand Its Convention Center (and Add Nearby Hotel Rooms As Well)?

October 11, 2011

Tuesday, October 11 at 5:30 p.m.
Malkin Penthouse, 4th floor Littauer Building, 79 John F. Kennedy Street

Presentation by James E. Rooney, Executive Director, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority
Commentary by Michael Widmer, President, Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation
Moderated by Alan Altshuler, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor, Ruth and Frank Stanton Professor of Urban Policy and Planning, Harvard Kennedy School and Graduate School of Design

A blue-ribbon committee recently endorsed a $2 billion plan that not only calls for expanding the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center but also for building publicly subsidized hotels and other facilities near the center as well. Proponents claim these steps are needed to make Boston one of the world’s leading convention destinations. Critics, however, have questioned whether the expansion would be a wise use of limited public resources.

Cosponsored by the Taubman Center for State and Local Government