Tuesday, September 4, 2012
One key difference, according to the Tampa Bay Times: Charlotte still found a way to host an inclusive, festive event Monday, something Tampa never achieved. The street fair uptown included thousands at a street market with funnel cakes, souvenirs, children’s amusements and songs by North Carolina’s James Taylor,
“There was nothing like this in Tampa,” political activist Mona Mangat of St. Petersburg told the Times in Charlotte. “The whole city was under lockdown. There was no live music, no street festival, no life to the street.”
The story went on to say: “Credit the holiday. Credit the festival. Or the Democrats. It didn’t matter. What was witnessed by reporters and delegates was a town where its residents were celebrating. What they found in Tampa was a city that felt desolate.”
In fairness to Tampa, that city was contending with Tropical Storm Isaac, while Charlotte’s just having typical summer thunderstorms this week.
Posted by Rick Bonnell at 1:08 PM