2008 worldcon site selection|
|Date:||April 7th, 2006 08:40 pm (UTC)|| |
One of the big disadvantages I see for Denver is that their location is very spread out. The main hotel is 3 1/2 blocks from the convention center - unless they're very short blocks, that's worse than San Jose. And the hotel only has 1200 rooms, so they're going to end up using a bunch of different hotels. Contrast that with Chicago where the Worldcon will be essentially under one roof. I like the Columbus location, but don't think they are capable of pulling off a Worldcon.
Note: I'm involved in the Chicago bid (although not as much as I'd have liked to be), but the opinions stated above are my own.
So "Convention in a Box" is a factor, being weather proof except for going out to dinner.
Worse than Con Jose is not good, unless the route is lined with things like restaurants.
Dispersed can work OK, if the weather helps, which it did in San Francisco and San Antonio and did not so much in Winnipeg.
Confrancisco had a lot of hotels but this did give some cheap room options for people. I am not sure Denver can do the same.
Worse than Con Jose is not good...
This just shows to me how big a factor staying indoors is. The Fairmont and the San Jose McEnery Convention Center were about as far apart as the main hotel and the part of the convention center we were using at Philadelphia -- but you stayed indoors walking between them, so people thought
it was shorter.
For that matter, the front door of the Fairmont and the front door of the McEnery were about the same distance apart as the distance from the Dealers Room to the Moat House at Glasgow last year.
For some reason, going outside makes the distances seem longer to most people I've talked to. Heck, at Glasgow, the walk was shorter if you went outside between the buildings, rather than taking the somewhat convoluted trail between them, but I bet there were a lot of people who stayed inside because in their minds it was a shorter distance.
Well outdoors in San Jose was not a problem because of the weather, the sidewalks were a little crowed, sometimes.
Perceived distance is a factor, if the route is lined with restaurants where fans can eat then it makes it look shorter than if its lined with closed office buildings.
Also if it is a straight line as opposed to a route with turns.