D.C. lowers inauguration crowd projection

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Security planners have lowered their attendance projections for President's Obama's inauguration on Monday.

Christopher Geldart, the director of the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Agency, told The Washington Examiner on Friday that officials are now expecting between 500,000 and 700,000 people to attend.

That's down from a previous city estimate that the inaugural festivities would draw up to 800,000 to the National Mall.

Geldart said the District revised its crowd forecast after reviewing updated data from the hospitality industry and tour bus operators.

An estimated 1.8 million people attended Obama's first swearing-in ceremony in 2009.

ablinder@washingtonexaminer.com

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