In the hard-to-believe category of city issues, did you know that we’re likely to receive a chance to vote online to select a new name for Industrial Boulevard, but it looks like there’s no way we’ll be voting on whether the council should spend $300-500 million or so on a taxpayer-subsidized convention center hotel downtown?

It seems that the city council’s Trinity River committee suddenly has become very interested in "stakeholders’" opinions on renaming the boulevard, but the city attorney’s office doesn’t believe citizens need to weigh in on how much money should be spent on the 1,000-room, full-service hotel next to the convention center.

Makes sense, huh?

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