Before the pandemic, civic boosters, developers and all manner of politicos called the convention hotel the "missing piece" in Kansas City's ascendancy to major league status.
The deal to build the hotel was pushed through by termed out council members and then unquestioned by other leaders.
Now . . . It would be unfair to call the hotel's fate "karma" but the reality is that few locals feel sorry for the taxpayer subsided experiment that NEVER met with voter approval and FAILED before it had a chance to start.
To wit . . .
OPENING AMID COVID-19 AND ONGOING PANDEMIC DRAMA DOOMED THE DOWNTOWN CONVENTION HOTEL AND IT'S UNLIKELY TO RECOVER!!!
The travel biz is a tough sell overall but conventions are the least likely to make a comeback any time soon.
Moreover, taxpayer funded hotels have a horrible history in KC & the Midwest.
Of course we hope jobs are saved along with city hall cash . . . But the reality for the convention hotel game is daunting and the odds for success are dismal.
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