Security Fencing Removal Draws Tourists To U.S. Capitol Grounds

After six months of enhanced security measures in the wake of insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, the only disturbance confronting tourists and other visitors on the grounds of the people’s house Saturday, July 17 were ducks demanding extra bread crumbs at a pond on the West Front.

Meanwhile, community leaders and D.C. Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners voiced pleasure that the tall brown fence is finally gone thanks to lobby efforts of Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.).

“Finally, the fencing around the Capitol complex is beginning to come down, representing an enormous victory for D.C. residents and the American people,” Norton said in a statement in March.

“This week, the Architect of the Capitol and the Capitol Police will move the inner fencing around Capitol Square closer to the Capitol, which will allow more pedestrian access to the sidewalks and walkways. Next week, the outer perimeter fencing will be removed. I’ll keep fighting to remove all of the fencing.”

Lisa White, a resident of Northeast D.C. and former Ward 7 Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, said, “I am glad the fence is down because it just helps with the overall atheistic of the area.”

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