Archive for the ‘Cedars’ Category

Selective Prosecution

September 22, 2008

I saw an post on a local blog, that questioned why the city would consider spending $30-70,000 on a study to determine whether or not the city should renovate the Convention Center Arena (CCA).

Spending the money is a good idea. With the future convention center hotel, the development in the Cedars and the coming JPI development the arena would be a great complement to the area and to the city. It would be a different animal than the Superpages.com Center at Fair Park since it’s enclosed. Plus, it wouldn’t be a “junior Nokia” as stated in the blog post since the CCA has 9,800 seats and Nokia holds 6,350. In addition, the CCA has 96 meeting rooms.

Who knows, maybe these haters can help the operators of Nokia start a referendum to stop the city from spending a few million on the arena (I kid). Nokia will be a a major disadvantage if this renovation gets done. There is no development anywhere in Grand Prairie that can compete with downtown Dallas. The Nokia theater benefited from the right of first refusal deal that AAC had in place which killed Reunion Arena. As pointed out in the DMN piece, the Convention Center Arena has no such handcuffs.

Do certain blogs have an agenda? Maybe, maybe not. But you can best believe that if Mayor Leppert, Dwaine Caraway, or Ron Natinsky suggest anything in this city the same blog crew will be there to try to shoot it down. It’s been happening ever since TrinityVote. I think that dissenting points of view can be healthy for a city, but surely everything that the aforementioned officials do isn’t a bad idea.

Put some naming rights on the arena and the the renovation pays for itself or close to it. Done, next. Surely in a city like Dallas you could find a corporate sponsor (Comerica, JPI, Southwest) to pay a few million to help foot the bill. Then we can put our focus back onto other issues.

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Look South for the Convention Center

January 20, 2008

Shawn Williams of Dallas South Blog continues his call for Dallas to build a new Dallas Convention Center Hotel. He continues his series with a more in-depth write up, this time to suggest that the Cedars be considered for the future hotel. Read it here.