With that said, I agree with you. My biggest criticism of the people and organizations that push progressive changes in Wichita is that they usually offer absolutely no compelling information to the public. It's like they expect their ideas themselves to be SO amazing that Wichitans will just jump on their bandwagon. But Wichitans tend to be skeptical by nature and practical to a fault--they're going to assume everything is a snake oil scheme until convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that it is not.
The folks in charge of replacing Century II (I honestly don't know who that is--the city?) need to get every director of every organization that uses Century II to loudly and frequently talk about the challenges and deficiencies of Century II--and how it negatively impacts their organizations. The Convention and Visitors Bureau needs to inundate public discourse with details on conventions Wichita has missed out on. Folks in the hotel business need to band together to talk about business they've lost because of conventions that won't come here. The restaurant industry needs to do the same. All these groups and interests need to be coordinated and the narrative in the local media needs to be managed. Only on the side do you talk about vision and ideals and the abstract things that are harder for Wichitans to grasp. It boggles my mind that nobody does that. But that's why nearly every initiative fails.