Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Idea for Center Stroke of Genius.(Opinion)


Like one of those old Joe Palooka punch-'em dolls, the idea of a bigger, better Santa Fe convention center keeps popping right back up.The latest version: private developers want to buy the old St. Vincent Hospital and turn it into a hotel, then build the convention center on what's now the parking lot behind St. Francis Cathedral.

The proposal, from a partnership between the California-based Auerbach real estate company and members of the Branch family, has something in common with other convention center schemes: It's a two-for-one deal.

The mayor, you will recall, wanted to pair a new convention center with a new city hall. The idea was for the city to buy St. …

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