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  •  That's what makes the Twin Cities bid disasterous (1+ / 0-)
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    neroden

    If one want s convention, they key would be to avoid holding it in the least convenient venue possible.  There is no light tail line, and I think the logistics of hauling everybody from Minneapolis to St. Paul would be a nightmare.  Given that Minneapolis has the great majority of hotel rooms, restaurants, venues, airports, and the FREAKIN' LIGHT RAIL LINE, holding the convention 14 miles to the east seems insane.

    •  We do for the state fair (3+ / 0-)
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      Phoenix Woman, hrh, eartha

      Thousands every year are transported from Minneapolis to St. Paul with relative ease.  Plus the DNC are the one's who choose the Xcel Center over the Target Center and Metrodome.

      •  State fair busses = pain in the ass compared to (0+ / 0-)

        light rail, plus the logistics of transporting convention traffic is different (and therefore considerably less likely to go as smoothly as something the city does every year).  

        I realize the DNC chose the Xcel, which is more evidence of how badly Democrats suck at strategic planning.  Let's take the perfect spot for a convetion, then move said convention 14 miles away.  Excellent.

        •  compared to NYC, logistics = piece of cake (1+ / 0-)
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          eartha

          You can get from Minneapolis to St Paul in the time it would take to go 5 blocks in NYC.

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          by hrh on Thu Sep 14, 2006 at 06:44:14 AM PDT

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          •  Only if you're driving (0+ / 0-)

            If you're in NYC, you don't use a car.  You walk or take
            the subway.  And if you take transit, it's way faster to go from Manhattan to Brooklyn than to get from Minneapolis to St. Paul by car (let alone by bus).  I've done both.

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            by neroden on Thu Sep 14, 2006 at 09:49:16 AM PDT

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    •  The airport is closer to St Paul, actually (1+ / 0-)
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      eartha

      Do you live in the area?  I lived there for 9 years.  It's incredibly easy to get around.  St Paul has a lot to offer, too.  

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      by hrh on Thu Sep 14, 2006 at 06:42:12 AM PDT

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    •  Pity they haven't built the University Ave line (0+ / 0-)

      Then it would be just fine to hold the convention in St. Paul.

      As it is, the lack of decent public transportation in any corridor except Hiawatha is pretty deadly for the bid.

      One thing NYC has in spades is public transportation.  If they hold the convention in NYC, I hope they push that, and tell the rest of the country that with Democrats in Washington, we will fund good light rail systems for all the other big cities.  :-)

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      by neroden on Thu Sep 14, 2006 at 09:47:18 AM PDT

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