From morning ‘til night, people assemble in President’s Park, the plaza between the White House and Lafayette Square. School groups in red MAGA caps cheese for photos. So do tourists, from every corner of the globe. Americans make long pilgrimages to the White House in order to stand outside and shout their piece at the office itself. Washingtonians jog across the pedestrian avenue in the evening. The so-called “Kremlin Annex” protest is still going strong, 12 weeks in and counting. One protester held her vigil there for 35 years.
The National Park Service aims to dial back the sidewalk in front of the President’s home from 25 feet to 5 feet—an 80 percent reduction. That’s one of a dozen proposed restrictions that would rethink civic space in federal D.C.