We invited Jim Schutze and Sam Merten of the Dallas Observer to discuss the city’s plan to build and own the convention center hotel. Our publisher, Rick Wamre, who has a few thoughts on the subject, joined in. Want to know what’s really behind the push to build the hotel? Worried about how much it’s going to cost? Feeling a little paranoid about how the city is handling this project? Then download or stream the podcast here. It’s about 22 minutes and 21 MB. (Best yet, we fixed most of the technical problems. Technology is a wonderful thing.)

And our timing couldn’t have been better. Dallas’ Only Daily Newspaper reports today that city officials have had much more difficulty than expected in finalizing a deal to operate the hotel – something the city wants to do quickly so construction can begin before May’s hotel referendum.

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