Entries by Heywood Sanders

Challenging Convention(al) Wisdom: Hard Facts About the Proposed Boston Convention Center

As the political leadership of Boston and the Commonwealth consider investing $700 million in a new publicly owned convention center in South Boston, plans are already in place to enlarge facilities in the nation’s capital and in San Francisco. Discussions have also begun in New York City, Atlanta, and San Jose to enlarge or replace facilities in those cities. In each case, the goal is to bring in more out-of-state visitors and the dollars that come with them. The success of each project is invariably assured by feasibility studies and civic pride.

If We Build It Will They Come? And Other Questions About the Proposed Boston Convention Center

In 1965 Boston’s War Memorial Auditorium (later Hynes Convention Center) opened to great fanfare and anticipation. But, by the mid-1970s, Boston officials were already proclaiming Hynes too small for growing conventions and promising that an expanded convention center would draw far more meetings and visitors to the city.