Charlotte ready for start of convention week

Charlotte ready for start of convention week

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by RAD BERKY / NewsChannel 36

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WCNC.com

Posted on August 31, 2012 at 11:13 PM

Updated Saturday, Sep 1 at 1:03 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- On a walk around uptown Friday night, workers could be seen hanging protective coverings over the doors and windows of the Duke Energy Tower.

Further up South Tryon Street, steel fences were in place to close off the plaza at the Wells Fargo Building.

For some it was just too much.

"I will probably not be in this area for the next week," said Kevin Hale, who was taking a walk down College Street.

Outside the Carolina Ale House the outdoor patio was closed and 150 tables were removed. Tables that on any other night would likely be full.

But manager Ken Voigt said he could understand.

"Absolutely. It makes sense for the security reason," he said.

Having just held the Republican National Convention in his city, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said Charlotte residents are just going to have to learn to be patient for a week.

"There will be inconveniences. Your life will not be the same as it is normally," he said.

Because of road closures, parking and security, many uptown businesses have told their employees to work from home.

Those are people who will not be eating at the Ale House or any other restaurant.

"We will still have a lot of people coming here who are going to be inside the area with the DNC so we are hopefully going to make some new regulars," said Voigt.

Samantha Hale said she and her husband had just moved to Charlotte a couple of months ago.

"It's exciting to see the place we now live bustling. A lot of things going on, so we are excited," she said.

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