Earlier this week, Dallas-based Center for Exhibition Industry Research released the latest bit of bad news for the exhibition biz: It was down 12.5 percent in 2009 -- or, "four times larger than the largest previous drop, which was 3.1 percent in 2008." Soon as I saw that, I called its president ... More >>
Sam MertenMayor Tom Leppert at the groundbreaking on the convention center hotel in SeptemberIt's been almost seven months since Dallas voters agreed to build a convention-center hotel, and almost three months since the groundbreaking. And while the rancorous battle over Mayor Tom's pet project m ... More >>
Sam MertenAfter serving eight years as a city plan commissioner and another eight as a council member representing some of North Dallas's more upscale neighborhoods, 72-year-old Mitchell Rasansky is no longer roaming City Hall when he's most needed. Replaced last month by Ann Margolin because of ter ... More >>
flickr member: Angela HuntSo how did Mayor Leppert accomplish what his predecessor was unable to do? It's all in the numbers.In December 2003, the city of Dallas issued a request for proposals to build a convention center hotel after former Mayor Laura Miller and her husband, former state Rep. Steve ... More >>
Convention center guru Dr. Heywood Sanders tells us. "I have seen Dallas' future" when finding room rates at two brand-spanking new convention center hotels in Fort Worth and San Antonio at $99 and $109 respectively.
Of course, the HVS study performed in April 2008 on Dallas' hotel claims its aver ... More >>
Sam MertenMayor Leppert has spent a lot of time holding up his finger to represent the opposition to the hotel, but in doing so, he's glossed over the one issue at stake tomorrow: public ownership of the hotel.As he's done throughout the convention center hotel campaign, Mayor Tom Leppert's op-ed i ... More >>