CITIES: Unconventional Tactics

CITIES: Unconventional Tactics

When the Southern Christian Leadership Conference failed to persuade the Dallas city council to stop opposing a plan for increased minority representation, the local chapter resorted to tougher methods: it mounted a boycott last week to deter tourists and conventions from coming to the city. The strategy, though hardly new, is gaining in popularity. Increasingly, national groups and associations have sought to punish and pressure cities by moving their conventions and meetings elsewhere.

The city of Phoenix has lost some 60 gatherings, worth $37 million, following last November's rejection of a Martin Luther King Jr. holiday by Arizona voters. Miami is...

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