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Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau | Boston
Boston is a City that can make a great convention happen.
Host Committee - "Mayor Menino officially launched Boston 2004 on December 13, 2001. Over 40 of Boston's most influential business leaders have joined the Host committee including two former DNC chairs, the former DNC finance chair, the CEOs of Boston's largest financial institutions, and numerous others." (list)
Hotels and Low Cost Housing - "Currently there are 27,980 hotel rooms in the Greater Boston area well within 30 minutes travel time to the FleetCenter, and more than 17,400 hotel rooms in Boston and Cambridge alone. Over 20,000 of these rooms are committable to groups." Proposed hotel block includes 86 individual hotel properties and a total of 24,539 rooms.
Security - "The City of Boston has hosted many large-scale events within the past ten years; some were family oriented, others were in the realm of major demonstrations and disturbances. They were all handled well within the capabilities of the Boston Police Department. These events included the New England Patriots Super Bowl victory celebration, where the crowd numbered over 1.25 million people; the 2000 Presidential Debate; and Sail Boston, a worldwide Tall Ships extravaganza both in 1992 and 2001." "The men and women of the Boston Police Department stand ready to do everything in our power to make the convention a success."-Paul F. Evans, Police Commissioner
Transportation - "The City of Boston
is known nationally as 'America's Walking City.' Residents and tourists
alike boast of the fact that Boston has all the amenities of a big city
with the comfort of a small town. Boston is easily accessible by
air, automobile, train, bus, subway, and water shuttle… The FleetCenter's
close proximity to our downtown amenities and various historical attractions
of Boston also offers easy access to America's first subway system, the
MBTA, referred by locals as the 'T.' … Convention-goers will be given
free seven-day T passes printed with the Convention logo and information.
Promoting the use of public transportation is a way to strategically reinforce
the environmentally friendly message of the Party."
Bid document: 103 pages and letters totaling 10 pages, plus 7 exhibits. Mayor Menino, Senator Kennedy and Senator Kerry presented the bid to DNC chair Terry McAuliffe on April 12 in a Paul Revere themed event.
Observations. It is a surprising fact that a city with this much history has never held a major party nominating convention. Beantown is not only rich in American history, but it has a storied Democratic tradition. States do not come much more Democratic than Massachusetts, where all 12 members of the congressional delegation are Democrats. This could weigh against Boston in the calculus of site selection, where one of factors is the possibility of swaying electoral votes. City proponents point out that Boston is 6th largest media market in the country. Further, the New England states of New Hampshire and Maine were closely fought in 2000. One could also argue that there would not be a better place to showcase Democratic principles than in such a Democratic stronghold. Boston bid for the 2000 Democratic convention and was, along with Denver and Los Angeles, one of the final three contenders. Finally, it is interesting to note that one of the Democrats' leading 2004 contenders, Sen. John Kerry, hails from Massachusetts.
According to the 2000 Census,
the primary Boston area has a population of 3.4 million, while the broader
consolidated area, extending into NH, ME and CT, has a population of 5.8
million (seventh biggest). Mayor Thomas M. Menino (D) was elected
in November 1993 and re-elected in 1997 and 2001.
Copyright © 2001, 2002 Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action.