Mayor: Democratic convention won’t paralyze Denver |

Mayor: Democratic convention won’t paralyze Denver

DENVER, Colorado ” Mayor John Hickenlooper says Denver won’t be paralyzed by this summer’s Democratic National Convention, when 50,000 people are expected to descend on downtown.

Hickenlooper said Tuesday the city has handled bigger crowds for sporting events and rallies.

He says downtown business and government offices will still be accessible during the Aug. 25-28 convention.

Hickenlooper acknowledges there will be “modest” traffic problems but says they will not tie up downtown. He says workers shouldn’t have trouble getting to or from businesses because the main convention hours at the Pepsi Center are 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

He says only areas around the Pepsi Center will require tougher security measures than normal, but those boundaries haven’t been announced.

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