Sunday, December 16, 2007

Mile wide lockdown around the Pepsi Center?

WE'VE MOVED! Democratic Convention Watch is now at

This post was going to focus on the Denver Public Schools potentially delaying their start date by 2 weeks next year (from Aug 8 to Sep 2) because of the convention. But lets look a little closer at the reason for the concern:

Denver Public Schools leaders are asking for public input on whether to delay school next fall for two weeks because of security surrounding the Democratic National Convention. The convention, slated for Aug. 25-28 at the Pepsi expected to draw 35,000 people.

But plans to lock down a mile-wide radius around the center for security reasons could wreak havoc with busing and activities at nearby schools. Two dozen DPS schools are located within a mile and a half of the Pepsi Center, and the Emily Griffith Opportunity School is within a couple of blocks.

A mile-wide radius? Are you kidding me? I mean, in New York City they've held conventions in Madison Square Garden, which sits on top of Penn Station, a major commuter hub, with the public allowed access as needed, and certainly, a block away, the sidewalks are fully accessible. A mile covers a huge part of downtown Denver. This just doesn't make sense. If true, Denver is in for a load of logistical headaches.