Northeast Times

Editorial: Let’s do it again

Yo, Philly, are you feel­ing left out? If not, you have no civic pride, you haven’t been watch­ing the na­tion­al polit­ic­al con­ven­tions, or both.
Any­body who has ever lived in, worked in or vis­ited the City of Broth­erly Love has to be rather jeal­ous of Tampa, Fla., and Char­lotte, N.C., the host cit­ies of the Re­pub­lic­an Na­tion­al Con­ven­tion (last week) and Demo­crat­ic Na­tion­al Con­ven­tion (this week), where sup­port­ers have whooped it up for Wil­lard Mitt Rom­ney and Barack Hus­sein Obama.
With the coveted title of host city comes a hu­mong­ous dose of na­tion­al at­ten­tion — the kind that money just can­not buy. In­deed, the con­ven­tions them­selves at­tract tens of thou­sands of politi­cians, del­eg­ates and their fam­il­ies, and journ­al­ists — in search of drama dur­ing events that have turned out to be largely free of sus­pense — who leave be­hind lots of money.
Philly hos­ted both the Demo­crat­ic and the Re­pub­lic­an con­ven­tions in 1948, and it proved that it can be a ter­rif­ic host city again in 2000, when newly in­stalled May­or John Street’s ul­tra-Demo­crat­ic town did a fant­ast­ic job host­ing the Re­pub­lic­ans at the First Uni­on Cen­ter.
Philly has it all — tons of his­tor­ic­al sites, ho­tels, res­taur­ants, a great pub­lic trans­it sys­tem. It’s everything con­ven­tion­eers could ever hope for. So, what do Tampa and Char­lotte have that Phil­adelphia does not? Noth­ing, and a whole lot less.
Note to May­or Nut­ter, Gov. Corbett and Phil­adelphia’s hos­pit­al­ity in­dustry: Get off your butts right now and start work­ing to bring the Demo­crat­ic or Re­pub­lic­an Na­tion­al Con­ven­tion to Philly in 2016. Phil­adelphia and demo­cracy are a per­fect match.
Send let­ters to: pronews@bsmphilly.com

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