Petition Tag - convention center

1. Citizen Petition to Vote on the Proposed Convention Center

Let’s VOTE on Mayor Dean’s Proposed Convention Center!!

If approved, Mayor Dean’s proposed convention center will cost over $600 million. If you throw in the government-owned hotel that is likely because no private investors are interested, the cost soars to almost $1 billion.

This 30-year debt burden could increase our property tax rate and hurt city services like police, fire, schools and parks. It is only FAIR that the people of Nashville vote on this billion-dollar generational commitment.

Add your name to the petition today. And visit our website to learn more: www.nashvillespriorities.org

Nashville’s Priorities is a group of concerned citizens seeking to educate the public and promote discussion about the impact of building a new convention center and hotel. We believe that an expenditure as big as a billion dollars needs to be re-evaluated in today’s economic realities.

2. The MCC Project

On August 7th, 2007, Metro Council passed a bill setting in place the funding
mechanisms for a new $600 million-plus downtown convention center.

A site for the facility has been chosen: three square blocks in SoBro, bounded by
5th Ave. to the east, 8th Ave. to the west, Demonbreun to the north, and the
future Korean War Memorial Blvd to the south. As many Nashvillians know, this
site is prime real estate; it is adjacent to the Country Music Hall of Fame, and
very near to Broadway, the Schermerhorn, and a growing number of exciting
new projects.

We, an assembly of concerned citizens, are launching a grassroots effort to
make the case that this site is of crucial importance to the emerging fortunes of
downtown Nashville. While a new convention center may be needed in our
town, and while SoBro may be the ideal place in which to build it, we firmly
believe that the average convention center—a monolithic, single-use box of
insular character and aesthetic monotony—would be a disaster for the
neighborhood and the city.

Something different is required for this site, for the good of all: a diverse,
flexible, mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly, creatively designed convention center.
Such a facility would contribute to the city’s economy and urban fabric along
with and regardless of any success enjoyed by the convention market, for
decades to come. The design of the Music City Center will be key, and for this
reason we have crafted a conceptual design study.

We advocate that the main hall be sunk into the site’s slope, and that its roof
become a series of thriving public plazas, wrapped by mixed-use buildings with
active streetfronts and accessed by a maintained street grid as 6th and 7th
Avenues are converted into pedestrian thoroughfares rather than obliterated or
entombed by the sort of “typical” convention center we do not want or need.

We respectfully ask the citizens of Nashville, and the government they have
chosen, to deeply consider making the Music City Center exactly what its name
suggests: a diverse, flexible, useful, strong, beautiful, and appropriate Center for
Music City.

3. Otakon in DC

August 5, 2006

We love Otakon. We've been going for several years, and we want to be able to keep going, and enjoying it, in the years to come.

But Otakon 2006 is definitely not as enjoyable as previous Otakons. It is obvious to anyone who is attending that there are too many people for the space. The crowding not only degrades the con experience considerably on its own, but seems to have exacerbated the normal snafus we know come with running a con: this year they seem worse than usual.

One solution is to lower the attendance cap back to 2005 or 2004 levels. That would work, but it would mean less people could enjoy Otakon, and it would mean Otakon wouldn't be able to grow anymore.

The better solution is to move Otakon to the Washington DC Convention Center. The DC convention center is much larger than the Baltimore Convention Center.

-Otakon 2006 con chair, Jim Vowles himself said: "Realistically, unless the BCC is leveled and rebuilt, it will not be a serious competitor with DC"

-The DC convention center is located conveniently close to a Metro (commuter rail) station, so people could stay in cheaper hotels in MD and VA and take the train in.

-Great part of town, plenty of restaurants, located in our nation's capital!

Every year the registration price goes up, but more people just get shoved into the same space. We encourage you to choose the option that will both give your fans what they want and allow Otakon to keep growing and thriving.

4. Big Music Acts Should Come To Wildwood Convention Center!

In Wildwood, NJ they just built a new convention center that can hold 12,000 people. My friend Shawn wanted to start a petition. I mean for us we have to travel to philly and North Jersey to see a good concert. We don't want to do it. So if we can get alot of signitures so we can send it to the convention center staff, and bands.