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Uptown residents hear how DNC will affect their daily lives

Residents learn how living with the DNC will affect their streets, parking, even garbage pickup

Bus routes, parking and garbage pickup during the Democratic convention are among the concerns of uptown residents and property managers who attended an information session hosted by the city and Charlotte Center City Partners Tuesday night.

The session was arranged to help those who live uptown – where most of the DNC events will take place – understand the event will affect their daily lives. Speakers included representatives from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, the Charlotte Department of Transportation and the Charlotte in 2012 Host Committee.

The people who attended nearly filled the theater at the Discovery Place on North Tryon Street. Among their daily life concerns, they learned:

• Some bus routes will change and a temporary transit center will be set up on South Mint and West Third streets.

• Parking in uptown neighborhoods will be monitored during DNC events to keep driveways clear.

• Garbage will be picked up, but yard waste will not be collected that week.

Ginny Woolard, whose family owns a business near Bank of America Stadium, said she wanted to learn as much as she could about safety measures being taken by the city.

“It’s such a significant event,” she said. “I want to do all I can to be prepared.”

Prior to Tuesday’s meeting, city and federal officials had already released some information about security measures for the convention.

The federal government released its security plan last week, which revealed that 29 uptown streets will be restricted or closed at different times during the convention.

Officials said people needing to get to uptown residences or businesses near convention sites will be able to do so. But they, like anyone else that week, will need to go through security checkpoints for vehicles and pedestrians.

Commuters will also be affected, as some Charlotte Area Transit System bus and light-rail routes will be altered.

And additional police officers from all over the country will hit the Charlotte streets shortly before Labor Day, Sept. 3.

Michael Smith, president and CEO of Charlotte Center City Partners, said during Tuesday’s meeting that he hoped uptown residents would attend some of the convention week events.

“We encourage you, since you’re enduring this, to make the most of it,” he said.

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