The Madeleine Brand Show for August 9, 2011

Can a downtown stadium make L.A. a convention town?

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Rendering of the proposed NFL Stadium in downtown Los Angeles

The Los Angeles City Council will vote this Tuesday on plans for a downtown football stadium and convention center and all indications are it will easily pass. The plan was submitted by Anschutz Entertainment Group, or AEG, which also owns nearby L.A. Live. Business and construction groups are saying the deal's a slam dunk for the city - or a touchdown, rather. AEG will pay for the new stadium. It will bring in thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in revenue for the city. But not everyone is convinced the plan will work. Tim Rutten, a former columnist for the L.A. Times, joins Madeleine to talk about whether L.A. can ever become succesful convention center.

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