The Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, along with six other convention centers, has been nominated for a Prevue Visionary Award, which recognizes "venues, destinations and suppliers that have leveraged technology and innovation in creative and groundbreaking ways to enhance the meeting and event experience.”
Downtowns—like it or not—are epicenters for cities on a multitude of levels: they are (or at least should be) economic powerhouses that provide jobs, housing, entertainment, and cultural assets. After all, half the world’s population lives in formal cities that account for 80% of the GDP. In this sense, as urban planner and economic developer John Karras pointed out, successful downtowns are about growth and diversity—not just growth.
We can’t afford to cripple Downtown’s opportunity to become a thriving waterfront city that is considered a destination location for visitors and a great place to live for our residents... I ask our fellow residents to share their opinions with elected officials and urge the City Council to approve the Housing Element as recommended by the city staff without modification.