Thursday, February 9, 2012

Let's Meet About This

I was talking with a friend the other day who expressed bemusement at the news that NY was thinking of building a new, enormous convention center here in Queens. He was like, "Who is going to want to go to a convention in Queens?!" I have to say, after reading this article in The Times I am beginning to agree with him. According to the article attendance at conventions has been declining due to the ability to view product information over the Internet and tighter company travel budgets.

Queens Questions Need for 2 Convention Halls
Published: February 8, 2012
The city wants one, in Willets Point, and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo wants another, at the Aqueduct racetrack, a proposal that has fed suspicions about officials’ intentions.

So, the question remains, what to do with the Eastern section of Queens if not build a huge convention center? I believe if we wait long enough, it will probably figure it out for itself. As I said in a recent post, gentrification is rolling on... spreading out from the city's center in Manhattan to its outer boroughs. The young and hip just love to settle in downtrodden, cheaper neighborhoods and that in turn revitalizes them. Don't see why this section of Queens should be any different.

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