CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – The party’s over in Charlotte.
After a year of planning for the Democratic National Convention, delegates, journalists and even protesters have left North Carolina largest city.
But city leaders said Friday they were thrilled with the national exposure and hope it pays dividends in the future.
Mayor Anthony Foxx says the convention will help promote Charlotte’s image as a dynamic city.
For most of the week, Charlotte’s downtown business district was teeming with convention-goers. The city estimated that 35,000 people attended the convention at Time Warner Cable Arena. City leaders say restaurants around the arena were filled.
The city also saw an influx of protesters – some of whom camped in a city park until Friday. Twenty-five people were arrested in protests that were mostly peaceful.
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