No Need to Panic

Run away! Run away! The Democrats are coming to town for the convention and they’re going to make life hell for us all!

Just kidding. Everything’s going to be fine. Just ask Mayor John Hickenlooper. Earlier this month, he issued a lengthy letter to Denverites detailing just how fabulous things will be during the Democratic National Convention in August. Don’t hide your children, he said. Come on downtown and join the fun.

It was a message echoed Tuesday by Democratic National Convention Committee CEO Leah Daughtry (pictured) and her cast of deputy CEOs at the second to last in a traveling series of “Convention Conversations,” this one at the Tattered Cover in LoDo. Bus and light rail service won’t be disrupted, she pledged. The DNC won’t send its fleet of 250 shuttles to 100 or so hotels each morning until the after rush-hour hour of 9:30.

And street closures – whatever they eventually are, since they haven’t been announced – will be the most carefully planned and thoughtfully carried out (and greenest!) ever, ever in the history of street closures.

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Jonathan Shikes is a Denver native who writes about business and beer for Westword.
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