I was going to leave it at that and not fill in the blank. But at this point I know there are already folks who have no idea who I am talking about, so thoroughly has he been ostracized from local history.
Love him, hate him, or somehow be indifferent toward him, but how can you write about the history of the new convention center without talking about Tom Murphy? It may be an inconvenient history for some, but it is hard to imagine there being a new convention center without him. For what is an awfully honest discussion on the topic.. see a panel discussion on this this topic at NY's New School including the former mayor and others from a few years ago. The line asking about him how the stadia and the convention center were build despite the overwhelming defeat of the Regional Renaissance Initiative (RRI) some years reads: "We sort of said we’re going to do it anyway. " When it was being attacked, most in town would have argued the 'we' could have been written in the singular.