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Convention Center: Another Example of Public Meddling

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After reading “Conventions Down — Again” (Street Talk, Feb. 23), where convention attendance and revenues decline inversely proportional to government expenditures and involvement, I am reminded that nothing works economically like the free market in its unfettered enjoyment of capitalism.

I don't believe that private dollars with something to lose and a risk analysis would have undertaken a huge expansion of the convention center. Once again misguided government bureaucrats wearing blinders have made an enormous mistake in downtown Richmond costing the public sector hugely.

Please leave the city alone and allow the market to dictate its direction. At least bad decisions would then be borne by the risk takers and not all of us. As they say, even the best laid plans of government mice and men. …

Max Maizels
Richmond

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