Topic: Pre-Con Prep
Howdy. Picked up my press credentials at the Westin today (see below), then wandered from the Back Bay down past the Boston Common to Government Center and then on to the Fleet Center. Security was everywhere
as promised. Not too much traffic downtown. I think all the locals have been properly scared off. Saw a couple protest marches - both very peaceful - but given the large number of police, I'm not surprised. Lots of curiosity seekers and tourists out today. Many delegates in from all over the country were strolling about taking in the city before the convention begins in earnest on Monday. The DNC media guide says there are just over 4,000 delegates here, along with 15,000 members of the media. Yes, Fifteen Thousand. Additionally, there are about 15,000 other guests, including politicians and foreign dignitaries. That means that there are about 34,000 folks in town for the convention, that's an increase of about 8% of the population of Boston proper.
In addition to the pictures below, taken with my cam phone, I snapped a few more with my digital cam and posted them here: july252004/index.html
. I'll be posting via cell phone during the day, then adding additional commentary and pics each night.
Posted by Jamie
at 12:09 AM EDT