Now that we know that tens of thousands of people will be descending upon Philadelphia in July 2016 for the Democratic National Convention, we thought it would be fun — given how much our city has been changing in recent years — to ponder what the Philadelphia they’ll be visiting will actually look like. Read more »
The 2016 Democratic National Convention, that is. Look, we would have been okay if Brooklyn beat us. It’s not like we never lost anything to NYC before. New York is the big brother who never lets you forget who Mom loved first. But to go down to Columbus, Ohio — a “city” whose nicknames include “Cowtown” and “The Buggy Capital of the World” and that boasted of being “the second manliest city in the U.S.” when the first manliest was Charlotte, North Carolina — well, that would have been embarrassing. So. Justice has been done. Start blowing up those balloons!
WATCH: Democrats Announce Philadelphia Convention With Cheesesteak Joke, Busted Rendition of “Eye of the Tiger”
Mere moments after the news started leaking that the Democratic Party had chosen Philadelphia as the location for its 2016 Democratic National Convention, the party made it “official” with the above video featuring Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Chair of DNC Committee, yes, going to the refrigerator, grabbing a (cold!) cheesesteak, closing the door and slapping a Philadelphia magnet beneath those of Denver and Charlotte. The slapping of the magnet, naturally, kicks off a song that sounds enough like “Eye of the Tiger” so that you know what they’re going for, but enough not like it that they probably didn’t need to license it.
Get ready for lots of this, Philly. Everything’s coming up Philly, which means everything’s also going to be coming up Rocky jokes.
Does Philadelphia have The Big Mo in the fight to bring the Democratic National Convention to Philadelphia? Honestly we have no idea. But it’s starting to feel a little like Brooklyn isn’t a slam dunk.
Philly and Brooklyn are two of three finalists for the convention. The third city in the running is Columbus, but somehow this keeps being framed as New York vs. Philadelphia. Sure, New York has the money, and the hotels, and the brand new venue and so forth. Read more »
Fact: If the Democratic National Committee decides to hold its 2016 convention in Philadelphia the cost could range anywhere from $50-$75 million dollars. While the federal government would pick up most of this cost, as much as $10 million could fall on our local government (at least, that’s what New York’s mayor predicts if the convention came to his town).
Fact: When the pope visits Philadelphia in 2015 as part of the World Meeting of Families the estimated cost could be another $13 million, (the city of Milan paid 10 million euros when it hosted the event in 2012).
Fact: $10 million plus $13 million means the city could be on the hook for up to $23 million in additional expenses for these two events. Maybe even more.
Fact: It’s likely that Philadelphia’s business community will step up and raise the money to pay this bill so that taxpayers are not out of pocket. “We’re the fifth largest city in America,” Comcast’s David Cohen recently said in a radio interview. “And I think our civic leadership has the capacity to be able to raise the money to host these two pretty special events in consecutive years in Philadelphia.”
Great! The city needs $23 million, and the business community will likely step up.
Philadelphia is one of six cities bidding to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention, and the DNC has announced when it will do site visits. Democratic officials will visit the city on August 13-14.
That’s soon! Though we only need to clean up the parts of the city politicians will see, that’s still a lot of work: Do you think we can just sweep all of the Arctic Splash containers and cheesesteak wrappers strewn about Philadelphia under a rug and no one will notice?