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It's convention week in Cleveland


After two years of bidding, planning, execution and deep breaths, the 2016 Republican National Convention is under way here in Cleveland.

Fencing and signs are up to guide traffic, pedestrians, and parades throughout our downtown for the next week.

Meanwhile, with some adjustments, many people are planning to follow their daily routines throughout the week. To help you through the bustle of activities and people, the Cleveland 2016 Host Committee has put together some tips via its Community Update e-newsletter. They include:

Traffic and transportation: Road closures, alternate routes and public transportation options

Getting into and around downtown Cleveland during Convention Week will take some planning. Road closures, re-routes, parking bans and security zones are likely to alter your routine, but there are several options available to make your commute as manageable as possible.

Whether you're planning to drive, take public transportation or bike into downtown, make sure you have the most up-to-date information.

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Keep connected: Get real-time information during convention week

The Cleveland 2016 Host Committee's Social Media Command Center will operate 24/7 during the Convention to answer questions, engage the community and visitors, and share content.

To make sure you're informed at all times about community happenings, use these social channels and hashtags, alert systems, and apps to get the most up-to-date information.
For emergency community alerts, you can sign up for the City of Cleveland's notifications via CodeRED.
  • Have a question during the convention? Tweet it with the hashtag #AskCLE and our Command Center staff will answer it for you.
  • For convention updates, follow @2016CLE on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, or search hashtag #2016CLE. If you're into Snapchatting, subscribe to cleconvention to get the latest snaps.
  • RNC Law Enforcement and Public Safety partnering agencies encourage members of the public, visitors, delegates, and public safety partners to share information regarding Convention security prior to and during the events by utilizing #RNCINFO on social media.
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What to do during the convention: Explore related topics

If you're interested in attending events related to the Republican National Conventions, consider these options:

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is teaming up with the News Museum in Washington, D.C., to bring forth "Louder Than Words: Rock, Power and Politics," highlighting how artists used their music "to change attitudes about patriotism, peace, equality and freedom."

The City Club of Cleveland will host two timely panels, which are free to the public. "The American Dream: A Symposium at the Intersection of Art & Politics" (July 19 at 1 p.m.) discusses access and opportunity, inequality/(in)equity, and political identity and protest through works of art. "RNC in CLE - What Happened?" (July 22 at noon) will be a post-Convention panel discussion on the Convention's impact on Cleveland and the nation.

The Western Reserve Historical Society's "Power & Politics" exhibition opens Thursday, July 14 and will last through January 2017.See how our region has shaped history.

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Quick links to more convention-related information

Click the links below for more information to help you navigate downtown Cleveland during the Republican National Convention.