What they like: Suits on the host committee. That's the group that would stage the convention here.
Why: Powerful business and political leaders reassure the party leadership that enough money can be raised to finance the event.
What they like: An effective shuttle system to move delegates from hotels to the convention arena.
What they like: 17,000 hotel rooms, centrally located.
Why: Easy movement and access to amenities makes the convention fun. Philadelphia has 11,400 rooms in Center City and University City.
What they like: Mega-parking in the Wells Fargo and sports arena area.
Why: Lots of room for operations, party and media tents, VIP parking, and bus staging, within a big perimeter that can be secured.
What they like: Union employees at the convention arena, convention center, and some hotels.
Why: Organized labor is a big ally for Democrats.
- Jane M. Von Bergen