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  •  There aren't that many places that CAN host it (0+ / 0-)

    How many places have enough hotel space plus convention facilities?  And scratch Las Vegas off your list immediately.

    That's why the coastal cities get chosen so much.

    I doubt that Denver has the hotel facilities, though I haven't been there in years.  Salt Lake is impossible, way too small.  Also politically.

    Twin cities would be stretching it, but possible, I suppose. Haven't been to K.C. in 55 years. What about Chicago.  Only problem I see there is that the governor may be slightly corrupt--and bad memories of 1968.

    Sorry Kos, but there's not much else except Atlanta between the coasts.  And Atlanta has no charm since they bulldozed the downtown.  And even whith a small subway, it's a transportation hell (Population 5 million)in a republican governed state.

    •  Actually (0+ / 0-)

      >>I doubt that Denver has the hotel facilities, though I haven't been there in years.<<</p>

      It's hard to judge but I saw a number of hotels listed in a travel guide that I happened to be leafing through and as a growing city of nearly 600,000 I'm sure that Denver has hotel facilities.

      Another interesting choice for the future, though they didn't bid this time, is the large and growing city of Columbus which does have convention facilities and a number of hotel rooms in the metro area (which does include the suburb of Dublin) though I'm not sure if it has union hotels or not.

      >>Sorry Kos, but there's not much else except Atlanta between the coasts.  And Atlanta has no charm since they bulldozed the downtown.  And even whith a small subway, it's a transportation hell (Population 5 million)in a republican governed state.<<</p>

      And they say that Democrats aren't bicostal elitists ;).

      "An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot." - Thomas Paine

      by Mister Gloom on Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 08:33:49 PM PDT

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      •  How large is the convention? (0+ / 0-)

        We've got a tradeshow opening in Denver today or tomorrow that is supposed to be bringing in 28,000 visitors.  How many would the DNC bring?

      •  Hell, I grew up on a farm in Arkansas (0+ / 0-)

        So don't give me any coastal elitist crap.

        By not much else in between, I meant that could handle a Democratic political convention.  I have a tiny understanding of the issues, plus my sister founded the meetings management program at Oklahoma State U. in Tahlequa,

        Texas cities are out on the face of it; too Republican a state.  Unless there's a political recolution in November.  I doubt it, but possible.  I would prefer San Antonio though again, do they have enough hotels in a concentrated place?  Advantage of New York, for example, was that everybody could practically WALK to the convention hall, or take a 5 min subway.  Any conventioneers who sat in a bus wating in traffic I thought are abysmally stupid and deserved it.  Certainly after the first day.

        I would scratch New York off as long as we have a Republican mayor; Bloomburg.  Minnesota has a Republican Gov, but maybe not after Nov.  

        Denver:  If they can handle 28,000 conventioners, can they handle a Dem Convention?  I don't know.  I lot of political conventioneers come with their families (a plus for Colorado, take off for the mountains afterwards). More importnat, there are the hangers on, staffs, reporters, camerapersons and ther technical staff, lobbyists, demonstrators from out of town.  All of this has to be allowed for in counting up with enough rooms of the right mix.  Plus some left over so that emergency regular business can be conducted in town during that week.  Surly the DNC has computed the number and quality of hotel rooms a city will require, call them up and ask.

        Not many cities have facilities adequate to handle all this.  Though there ARE conventions far larger than the national political conventions.  Consultatnts who set up conventions have this info at their finger tips.  Might make an interesting interview.

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