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Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau | Boston
"Boston offers great history,
a cutting edge and diverse economy, vibrant neighborhoods and a state of
the art facility in the FleetCenter. Boston is the best place to visit
in the summer as the mountains of New Hampshire and the beaches of Cape
Cod and Rhode Island are a short drive away. As the nation's sixth largest
media market, Boston television reaches the 6 state New England region
with its 34 electoral votes. This would be Boston's first national political
convention and the City is rolling out the red carpet to make it a memorable
Boston is a City that can make a great
|"At a time when all Americans are experiencing
a renewed sense of patriotism and appreciation for our freedom and democracy,
Boston is the ideal location for the Democratic National Convention.
A model success story, Boston represents the best of America--from the
founding of our nation back in the1770s to Boston's emergence today as
a diverse hub of education, healthcare, technology, tourism, and finance."
to the Boston Proposal
The City of Boston
provides an ideal vantage point to capture not only the sixth largest media
market in the country but also the critical media markets for New Hampshire,
Connecticut, Vermont, Maine, Rhode Island, and New York.
Boston's growing diversity is one of its greatest
strengths. According to the 2000 Census, Boston is now a majority
minority city. This represents a wide range of ethnic and racial
groups, including immigrants from more than 100 countries.
Mayor Thomas M. Menino was reelected for a
third four-year term on November 6, 2001 with 76 percent of the vote.
He will remain in office until January of 2006.
The Central Artery/Tunnel Project, known as
the Big Dig, is about mobility, the environment, and economic growth for
Boston and all of New England. It is the largest, most complex, and
technologically challenging public works project ever attempted in America.
Boston is the Birthplace of Democracy.
Boston is where the American Revolution began and was home to Paul Revere
and John Hancock; Samuel, John, and Abigail Adams; Crispus Attucks; and
the other patriots whose protest against King George III served as the
catalyst that led to independence, democracy and, eventually, equal rights
for all citizens.
Boston is Politics. Boston's tradition
of political activism did not end with the American Revolution. From
the Abolitionist Movement to the Civil Rights Movement, from Equal Rights
to the environment, Boston has been a leader in every great progressive
cause known to America.
Convention Complex - FleetCenter.
Opened 1995. Gross area of convention complex is 755,000 square feet;
arena area (usable space) is 344,700 square feet; arena floor (usable space)
is 21,760 square feet. 20,000 unobstructed arena seats. 104
permanent executive suites located on two levels.
Boston Is Ready to Host the Democratic
National Convention. Due to Boston's rich political history,
some people are surprised to hear that this would be our first national
political convention. It is time to change that and bring a national
convention home to Boston.
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."
||"Boston offers conventioneers
some of the best attractions to be found in the country. As the 'cradle
of the Revolution,' we offer visitors a rich history like no other city
in America. For over 350 years, some of the world's greatest patriots,
writers, thinkers, athletes and artists have called Boston their home,
leaving an indelible mark on the magnificent city in the process.
Our cultural offerings, from world-class museums, theater and symphony,
fine dining, shopping, and such historical attractions as the U.S.S. Constitution,
Faneuil Hall, Bunker Hill and the Old North Church make Boston a truly
unique and exciting city."
Flaherty, Boston City Council President
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.
04 at the DNC winter meeting, Jan. 18, 2002
Advisory Committee visit, June 24-26, 2002
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.