Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Locals and Out-of-Towners Navigate a Transformed Charlotte


Temporary fences with signs closing off certain areas are common in Charlotte with the arrival of the DNC.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte residents were warned weeks in advance about the road closures, rerouted buses and security checkpoints that would arrive with the Democratic National Convention.

They are not surprised by the inconveniences, but for visitors it is not as simple.

A trip from a hotel to downtown Charlotte can easily turn into a maze, with already unfamiliar roads complicated by restricted access to streets, buses and trains.

“They are not making accommodations for the senior citizens and the handicapped,” said Dick Collins, a democratic delegate from Nevada and Vietnam veteran. “I find it absolutely appalling.”

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