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July 11, 2016

Will Philly rise to the challenge? Or be lost in the rubble?

By Maarij Kazmi, Class of 2017

Philadelphia is “all hands on deck” in preparing for the largest convention in its history. With an expected 30,000 delegates and democrats to also be joined by 15,000 media and over 17,000 volunteers, in attending the convention. What does this mean? It means that Philadelphia businesses will be tested to the limit, especially local businesses and food carts.

And thus local businesses will have to have an increase for supply in cause for the high demand. But many choose not to work in the “chaos that will erupt” one Halal food cart vendor claimed. They just like Mr. Miteshandhi who owns a local book/convenient store claimed that they will be shutting down during the time of the convention because of the “rush and uncontrollable crowds of people.”

Although not everyone shares the same opinion. Mr. Farce, a new food cart owner here in center city Philadelphia has plans on facing the challenge head first. His plan is stocking up and going commando all the way. He said “All I can do is get ready for the rush, and with Allah’s help, I will (get) through it.”

This year’s DNC will total over 60,000 people on a daily basis for the last week in July at the Wells Fargo Center and downtown Philadelphia. 40% of the volunteers will come from outside the city using the city’s infrastructure and public transportation networks, or staying overnight in the city. And more than 15,000 hotel rooms are booked from 2 to 5 nights in over 90 hotels throughout Philly.

So what maybe some of the disadvantages of Philadelphia hosting the democratic convention this year? Well as it has been recorded throughout history, hosting a convention of such heights is immensely expensive. There will be approximately $40 million in expense for the city but is expected to be covered by the $85million the Convention’s committee.

The city of Philadelphia and DNC officials estimate a gross product income by $350 million for the area- of course it will be lowered just as it was in Charlotte’s and Denver’s estimates. This convention promises to be an even larger revenue producer since the Republican National Convention in 2000, with an economic multiplier effect five times greater – and providing a much larger economic punch than last September’s historic visit by Pope Francis.

The DNC impact will mostly affect the businesses inside of the city, but talking to businesses in suburban parts of Philly showed that they expect “nothing but the same as any other day.” Alexis who owns a local Station Pizza on the out skirts of northeast Philadelphia with her Uncle claimed that when the Pope came, “nothing changed around here.” She claims the revenue of that time was that same as it had always been. A change from the DNC visit to Philadelphia is yet to be seen.

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