Marshall Brain is generally adept at explaining How Stuff Works. When he ventures into trying to explain how things should work, he doesn't do quite as well. In economics, a subject that vexes Brain (q.v., life would be better if we doubled the minimum wage), it is the difference between positive economics and normative economics.
In an op-ed in The News & Observer, Brain proposes a way to solve Raleigh's problem, which is defined by Brain as being a place a prospective convention-goer would not be "excited" about. Much more after the break.