Grapevine edited by Steve Volk
Mayor Street sues the governor's office to nullify the state takeover. The Commonwealth Court rules in Street's favor, but the ruling comes with an automatic stay, giving the state more time to reassert control over the Convention Center. Another judge overrules the stay, returning the reigns once again to the city. The case is now before the state Supreme Court, and in the meantime nobody--save a few bearded legal scholars in flowing robes--is really quite sure who the hell is in charge of the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
Meanwhile projected citywide convention bookings--conventions big enough to take up 2,000 hotel rooms--will be down nearly 50 percent by 2008, and projected hospitality revenues will be down by almost $100 million. And even the sunniest projections indicate it will only get worse. This is bad, people. Very, very bad.