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July 26, 2016

Conventioneers whine on Twitter about DNC in Philadelphia

Reactions on social media target city's preparation and logistics

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The outside of the Wells Fargo Center is seen before the Democratic National Convention, Saturday, July 23, 2016, in Philadelphia.

Heat, humidity, throngs of protesters and blustery storms can put just about anyone in a crabby mood, especially when it all interferes with work or a commute home. 

On the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, some visitors from out of town — and plenty who live here — vented their many frustrations about the city's layout and preparation for a four-day political summit.

It started with a barrage of tweets about the inconvenient location and arena sponsorship at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philly.

Others jumped in to suggest that Philadelphia shouldn't have been chosen over Columbus and New York City to host the DNC. 

By and large, most of the gripes had to do with brutal traffic. 

To the city's credit, officials acknowledged the delays, including a temporary suspension of SEPTA service on the Broad Street Line below Oregon Station, and thanked visitors and residents for their patience. 

There were also plenty of positive signs on Day One, to be fair. Amid multiple demonstrations, just 54 people were cited and detained. 

Some visitors actually took a moment to appreciate the beauty of nature.

Or drink. 

Ultimately, when it comes down to it, how are people going to grumble for four days when they're getting all this free stuff?