June 26th, 2010

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[FORUM] What experiences with huge international conferences have you and yours had?

Following A Bit More Detail, you've certainly noted my anxiety over the impending G20 summit here in Toronto, a period of several days marked by mass protest and huge needless expenditures and a downtown core temporarily rendered less livable. I have stated my hopes that the Toronto summit might mark the beginning of a new era in global governance, but still, does the summit have to take place in this way?

Toronto is a new arrival to the rank of summit-holding cities. Others, I know, have had much more experience hosting delicate negotiations over issues of regional; and global import. How do your cities and communities handle like events? Have you felt them impact on her life, negatively or maybe positively? Do you have any advice for us newbies?