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Inauguration Crowd Estimate Cut in Half

Officials now say the number of people expected to gather for Barack Obama's inauguration is more likely to be around 2 million than the initial figure of 4 million provided by D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D), according to a story today by the Post's Mary Beth Sheridan. She writes:

Officials are casting doubt on an early projection that 4 million to 5 million people could jam downtown Washington on Inauguration Day, saying it is more likely that the crowd will be about half that size.
D.C. authorities said the earlier estimates, provided by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D), were based on speculation surrounding the historic nature of the swearing-in of Barack Obama as the nation's first African American president. After weeks of checking with charter bus companies, airlines and other sources, they're reassessing.
"It's more of an art than a science," City Administrator Dan Tangherlini said. "The fact is, earlier it was speculation. Now we're beginning to flesh it out and what the physical capacities of the system are."

Read the full story.

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By David A Nakamura  |  December 22, 2008; 6:57 AM ET  | Category:  Crowds , Parade , Swearing-in Ceremony
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Two million attending this event, seem quite large. To have expected five million-- that is a blowout. Many after hearing that number realized, the best ticket-- sitting before the TV on that day.

That false assessment certainly has helped many in changing their minds. If nothing else, handling this crowd will be easier for DC peace officers. No need to hear about victims of a stampede on that day.

Posted by: Victoria5 | December 28, 2008 10:47 PM | Report abuse

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