Future looks grim for Pa. Convention Center

DAVID M. WARREN / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER The expanded Pennsylvania Convention Center, at a price tag of $780 million, has failed to live up to projected profits and business increases for the city's hospitality industry.
DAVID M. WARREN / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER The expanded Pennsylvania Convention Center, at a price tag of $780 million, has failed to live up to projected profits and business increases for the city's hospitality industry.
Posted: May 22, 2013

THE NEWLY EXPANDED Pennsylvania Convention Center is turning out to be a dud. With a capital D-U-D.

The $1.3 billion structure has failed to attract the convention business promised by those who lobbied for the expansion that nearly doubled its size to 974,000 square feet.

The $780 million expansion - paid entirely with taxpayer dollars - was billed as the key to growing the hotel, restaurant and hospitality sector of the local economy. Two years after the expanded center opened, it has yet to live up to expectations. Worse still, the future looks grim.

Interviews with convention center insiders, along with documents obtained by AxisPhilly.org, tell the story.

Read the rest of this story at AxisPhilly.org.

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