City Paper is not for tourists
The feds have announced that no one will be allowed to camp out on the Mall for the Inauguration. The earliest you can grab a spot on the parade route is 7 a.m. So instead of a feel-good time, a sea of fleece jackets, and REI gear, we’re gonna have a morning gridlock to beat all morning gridlocks. The bad news came out earlier today. Transportation and security issues are still being worked out. Yeah, right.
The Post writes:
“To accommodate the crowd, the entire Mall is being opened to inauguration spectators for the first time, with Jumbotrons showing the noontime ceremony at the Capitol.
Sgt. Robert LaChance, a U.S. Park Police spokesman, said that it is “not legal to camp on the Mall” and that tents would be banned. Although the Mall is open 24 hours, it might be swept in a check for bombs during the night, he said.
‘What we encourage people to do is come once public transportation is open,’ he said.”
I’m gonna call bullshit. The U.S. Park Police aren’t that busy. They patrol Rock Creek Park. They once in awhile will find some weird skeletal remains. They catch people drinking by the monuments at night. And probably do a lot of work with the homeless. So. They can’t really handle one lousy sleepover on the Mall?