Democratic National Convention

I’ll start posting about Denver on August 25, the first day of the Democratic National Convention.

I’ll be investigating how easy it is to get around Denver with the DNC in town. Stay tuned.

Factoids from the city’s website:

The last time Denver hosted the Democratic National Convention was exactly 100 years ago.

“The Democratic National Convention 2008 is anticipated to attract 35,000 guests to the region, including delegates, elected officials, media, and political enthusiasts from around the world. Additionally, it is anticipated that Denver will bring in $160 million in economic benefits.

The Convention will be held on August 25–28, 2008 at the Pepsi Center.”

See this page for information about the parade route. Parades can take place every day of the convention from 11 am to 3 pm along the route from Colfax and Bannock to Speer. Demonstrators will march in the southbound lanes of Speer to Larimer and then to the Pepsi Center.

Caveat: Light rail will run through the parade route. Reminds me of a comedy routine I saw in Amsterdam: “Oh, no! The trains run both ways!”

Some sensible advice: Don’t drive in downtown Denver from 10 to 4 during the convention.

There was a lot of stress on the website about demonstrators being seen but not interfering with everyone else. It sounded a little controlling to me. Have we entered the age of nice demonstrations?