2016 Democratic National Convention, Barclays Center, Philadelphia
Barclays Center Arena model
Photo: Flickr, tracy collins

Despite Mayor Bill de Blasio’s efforts to bring the 2016 Democratic National Convention to Brooklyn, the Democratic National Committee chose to host it in Philadelphia, The New York Times reports.

Sources say Philadelphia, was chosen over New York and other finalist, Columbus, Ohio, in part because it was a safe pick both financially and politically. It had the individual and corporate backing to fund a convention and was viewed as less liberal and politically polarizing than New York City.

New York apparently also lost points by proposing the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for the convention, which posed logistical hurdles. With a shortage of hotel rooms in the borough, thousands of attendees would have had to shuttle back and forth between Brooklyn and Manhattan, with the potential for transportation snarls.

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