[OPINION] Robb: Phoenix’s hotel fiasco is even worse than you thought

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By Bob Robb | The Republic

The City of Phoenix’s adventure in the hotel business has obviously been a fiasco. But the fiasco is actually much deeper than commonly understood, and radiates from the city to engulf the entire state.

The fullness of the fiasco should be absorbed as a lesson for the future.

The saga begins in 2001, when the city asked voters to approve $300 million in bonds to expand the convention center. The expansion made no sense unless downtown also got a lot of additional hotel rooms. Not to worry, said city officials, if voters approve the expansion, private investors will build the additional rooms.

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