I initially thought the decision to completely close the downtown Convention Center for two years during major renovations was a bad one. I was concerned about all the downtown businesses that heavily depend upon convention attendees for their customer traffic, and wondered why the center couldn't stay open during the work, even if on a limited basis.

But after speaking with many of those most directly affected, I realized that total closure is the only way to go.

Why? Because total closure will allow the work to be done in only two years, instead of stretching it out over three or four. And that makes a huge difference in cost.

Then, there's the issue of the convention-goer's experience, which would be badly diminished if it included having to work around an active construction site.

And consider this: total closure doesn't necessarily mean no conventioneers downtown for two years. The Fair Board plans to redirect much of its planned business for that period to other downtown locations, which will keep the pipeline at least partially open.

No matter how it's done, there will be pain. But better to pull the bandage off in one swift motion, rather than stretching out the agony. Our convention center desperately needs these improvements to remain competitive, and whatever's necessary to get the job done as quickly as possible is the right way to go.

Call and share your thoughts.

I'm Bill Lamb and that's my Point of View.