Phony Baloney and the People’s Hotel: RIP Dallas

The pro-People’s Hotel folks have put up a web site, by the looks of it designed by Carol Reed‘s people and registered using a proxy so as to hide their identities.

Snap Judgment: It’s a lot like when Pat Boone dressed up in leather to cover AC/DC songs — a weak attempt to look hip and fresh, and not at all an undertaking by the Dallas Citizens Council or anything

Despite copy that says Watch our civic disobedience in action. At City Hall … and in public spots all over Dallas,” there’s a video of a performance art, flash mob type deal in NYC’s Grand Central Station. Not sure what that’s got to do with anything. But it’s edgy! I suppose. Or what passes for it.

But if this rather transparent ploy is what the People’s Hotel backers are doing to convince people they have grassroots support, it’s a FAIL.

Gonna start digging to see if this is as error-ridden as the press release the pro-Hoteliers put out last fall that quoted just ordinary folks on the street like you and me — if ordinary folks like you and me are people paid by Mayor Leppert to run his own web site.

UPDATE: Getting word now the “500″ young professionals event south of downtown was a bit of a sham. A lot of people weren’t told it was a one-sided deal, and many counted are not pro-Hotel, just present. This thing gets fishier by the minute, and it’s barely six hours old.


  1. Tyler D. says:

    its the real mccoy my man. good luck in your investigation.

  2. Pour One Out for Dallas says:

    please do some digging and find out the truth. More than 500 people at a lunch today to kick things off. No billionaire backers with self-interested motivations behind it. No formal association with the mayor or the Vote No campaign.

    Just a bunch of young professionals who don’t want their city purchased by a selfish non-resident. Just a group of young professionals who want a thriving downtown. Just a bunch of young professionals looking out for the best interests of the city.

  3. Prolly not a great idea to challenge an investigative journalist to investigate. IJS.

  4. Koz says:


    Get after it; do your research. The people of Dallas deserve to know the truth:

    That the Young Professional community in Dallas is as angry as a swarm of bees and is taking a stand against Crow and his bid to buy this election. Props 1 and 2 will sign the death certificate for the economic expansion in the city of Dallas. Is that worth your time? It sure as hell should be!

  5. Rico says:

    Sorry TG…no $$ support from the city, Mayor, or Vote NO campaign….this is as grassroots as it gets.

    The young professionals of Dallas care about the future of our city…we want to be proud of our city and the progress it makes now and in the future. This ultimately isn’t even about a single hotel or one billionaire…it’s about development and revitalization in areas that need it most. Without city involvement and monetary incentives, reviving downtown and surrounding areas just wouldn’t have happened, and won’t happen without it in the future.

    If these Propositions pass, it hurts Dallas in the long run…not just the next couple of years.

  6. Nathan says:

    As with the Trinity Referendum, Leppert and his cronies are appealing to the lowest common denominator. To support this statement, I offer into evidence the responses above.

    On a related note, I loved the press conference on the steps of city hall today. It makes me swell with pride to see white republicans and black democrats whore themselves out together. MLK is certainly smiling down upon us from heaven.

  7. Mozzer says:

    The “young professionals of Dallas” line in almost all of the replies shows this is nothing but a blanket reply from our dear Ms. Reed.
    As a young professional taxpaying homeowner, this idea sucks. Just look at the St. Louis model of several years ago……….

  8. Dallasite says:

    Just a bunch of young professionals that want the city to throw a hundred million or so down the drain after a hotel that no private developer would touch with a ten foot pole.

    Just a bunch of young professionals that believe in socialism.

    Just a bunch of young professionals that think the city has any business competing with private hotels downtown.

    I call bullshit.

  9. Bethany says:

    Funny, you guys comments are nearly identical to some comments on Frontburner.

    All the same person, or all the same talking points on a page?

  10. Deep Ellum says:

    I think it is about time to start laughing at those who promote this deal as a for-profit generator. The evidence is now overwhelming. People will not vote for something that the public deems comical. Satire couched in truth is the most effective weapon.

    LATEBREAKING NEWSFLASH! Feasibility Study Just In. Dallas Mayor and Council to endorse and promote public funding of a giant space-travel machine!

    Where do politicians get the crazy idea that the world needs yet another convention center? From the experts, of course.

    “These are challenging times in our industry.” Forbes Magazine

    Challenging? The business is a mess, plagued by a taxpayer-funded burst of expansion and a continuing dearth of customers. Over the last decade cities’ annual capital spending on centers has doubled to $2.4 billion, according to a study by the Brookings Institution. The projects are frequently backed by expensive feasibility studies from consultants that rarely give a thumbs-down. Forty-four new or expanded halls are in the works, in hot spots such as Las Vegas and not-so-hot spots like Albany, N.Y. Seven million square feet will be built in the next few years, adding to the 64 million square feet now standing.

    Unmentioned at ribbon-cutting ceremonies is that the space will be impossible to fill. The biggest 200 shows, a rolling list measured by Tradeshow Week, are using the same amount of space they did in 1992. Attendance has fallen at most centers, even those with new space such as in Indianapolis, Chicago and Atlanta. The thriving destinations, Orlando, Fla. and Las Vegas (which just announced a $400 million expansion), are stealing smaller shows away from other cities, stuffing in several at a time. The smaller trade halls are discounting, even giving space away.

    A common excuse of the convention center builders is that Sept. 11 cut travel. But trade show attendance peaked in the mid-1990s. Something more fundamental is going on: Shows in general are far less relevant. Consolidation in industries like manufacturing, retail and technology has left a smaller pool of exhibitors. And far more trade now gets done in China, which is rapidly adding shows and square footage of its own.

    So why is the concrete getting poured in Jackson, Miss., Peoria, Ill. and Spokane, Wash.? Politicians, playing local hero, are incapable of finding reasons not to build. Even when voters reject new taxes, as in Portland, Pittsburgh and Columbus, Ohio, new space goes up anyway, backed by hotel taxes or bond issues.

    Robert Canton, director of PricewaterhouseCoopers’ convention and tourism practice, offers this defense: “We don’t recommend to build or not to build. We’re just being asked if there is a potential demand.”

    The answer is almost always yes. Out of 75 potential projects reviewed by the firm that Oregon hired, only 4 were deemed completely unfit. SAG partner Jeffrey Sachs says that is evidence of his shop’s “objectivity.” “You lose clients if you shoot down projects. They’ve already made up their minds by the time they come to us,” he says.

    Where do the experts get their rosy predictions? “We have to make a lot of assumptions. This industry isn’t tracked very well,” says Sachs. The most oft-cited data come from Tradeshow Week, which is owned by Reed Elsevier, a British company that also produces 430 trade shows. Its primary measure of the industry’s health is its annual list of the 200 best-attended shows, making for a convenient survivor bias, and based solely on data from show managers who have an interest in masking serious declines.

  11. Wylie H. says:

    I was on a business trip yesterday with some colleagues when we logged onto the R.I.P. Dallas website…. it was hilarious! It was funny watching 50 something political hacks trying to write in the language they imagine today’s young people use.

    Seriously, there is some pretty funny stuff on that site. If one didn’t already distrust our Mayor, they certainly will after looking at this sham website thrown up by his paid advisors.

  12. Iconic says:

    Grassroots? More like bull*@#$.

    Who paid for lunch at trendy Eddie Deen’s? Who is paying for the website? Who is paying for the illegal signs downtown?

    One of the ring leaders is John Scovell’s son – who just happens to be president of the Dallas Citizens Council. And the headquarters is at South Side on Lamar – which just happens to be owned by . . . wait for it . . . Jack Mathews – the hand picked developer for the new People’s Hotel.

    What a coincidence! And very grassroots.

  13. amanda says:

    PR FAIL. One of the worst executions of a campaign, ever. Stupid.