Charlotte leaves positive first impression on DNC visitors
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CHARLOTTE--The Democratic National Convention is bringing tens of thousands of guests to the Queen City, from delegates to members of the media, politicians and volunteers. This weekend the majority of guests arrived in town, greeted by the Carolina blue sky and Uptown Charlotte skyline.
"We drove in and you see the skyline of the city and it's a beautiful skyline, it was lovely to see,” said Kimberly Robson, who drove in from D.C. to attend the convention.
Many people are taking this bit of down time to explore the city. They say Charlotte has a big city feel with all the amenities, but you don't feel suffocated.
"Uptown is very compact. It seems like it's a good place to have the convention in terms of mobility. It's easy for people to get around and the Time Warner Arena and the football stadium are close to each other,” said Ted Farnen, who is a delegate from Missouri.
But they wonder if the center city's size will impact the convention.
"It's going to be nice because it'll be in one location and close in, but curious to see how traffic is and transportation and how all that works,” said Robson.
They say the other most notable thing is the southern hospitality.
"Just walking around today I've noticed how friendly people are. Not just security and all that, but people passing by. They go out of their way to say 'Hi, how you doing' or 'Good morning.' You don't get that in other cities,” said Farnen.
"It really helps because if people are smiling or nice, it lowers the tension level. If there...you have to wait in long lines, it just makes it nicer,” said Robson.
Visitors say the city looks great and everything and everyone seems prepared. They say they can't wait for a great week in the heart of Charlotte, and maybe another visit in the future.
"It's big enough for you to have a lot of different things for you to see and do, not just in one visit. But it's been friendly and sure, if I had the opportunity I'd probably come back,” said Farnen.
News 14 Carolina also spoke with police officers in town for the DNC from states as far as Pennsylvania and Kentucky. Many of the officers said this is their first visit to Charlotte, and they say they wish they had more free time to explore all it has to offer.