The Republicans Are Coming..... to the Twin Cities
Top 10 Interesting Facts about the most plugged-in gathering in Republican history, and its host cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul for the 2008 Republican National Convention (September 1-4):
1. This is the first time since 1928 that the candidate pool doesn't include an incumbent president or vice-president (for at least one party).
2. There will be 15,000 members of the media at the convention, second only to the Olympics in size.
3. When NY hosted the Republican convention in 2004, YouTube didn't even exist. This year, the convention has its own pages on Facebook and MySpace, and its own YouTube channel.
4. In 2004, only a dozen bloggers were granted press credentials to cover the convention. This year, 200 bloggers will be granted access.
5. The Twin Cities have 57 museums; only Chicago and Washington, D.C. have more.
6. St. Paul has more higher education institutions per capita than any city except Boston, with 10 colleges and universities within the city limits.
7. Downtown Minneapolis is home to 33,000 residents, more than the downtowns of Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis and Sacramento combined.
8. Minneapolis-St. Paul have more theater seats per capita than city outside of New York.
9. St. Paul's Summit Avenue has the longest stretch (5 miles) of Victorian mansions in the country.
10. Minneapolis has the fourth most active jazz scene in the country, right after L.A., New York and Chicago.
Source: Northwest Airlines World Traveler Magazine, Aug. 2008