Thursday, July 10, 2014

Cleveland's challenge in hosting the Republican National Convention: Balancing security with desire to show off downtown

As they made Cleveland's case to land the Republican National Convention, civic leaders talked earnestly about their intentions to show off a city on the rise and a downtown renaissance of cultural and culinary delights.

From The Q, where the main events will be staged, it's normally an easy walk to Playhouse Square or the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. East Fourth Street, where several celebrated local chefs have restaurants, is a basketball pass away.

But the convenience in seeing these sights will depend on how local planners deal with security. At times officials here will face a delicate prospect: balancing the need for safety with their desire to make a grand impression on the rest of the world.

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