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White House fence project obscures tourists’ view


(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)


Tourists aiming for postcard-perfect photos of the White House at first couldn’t avoid the black metal bicycle racks that were arranged to form an extra security barrier against possible fence-jumpers. The racks were in just about every shot. But visitors now must contend with a tall white wooden barrier that’s obscuring prime views of the executive mansion.


And it likely will be a long time before the White House comes back into focus.


The barrier recently went up as the National Park Service and the Secret Service began a $64 million project to install a 13-foot, 1-inch (3.96 meter) steel picket fence around the White House — twice as tall as the fence being replaced. Construction is expected to last through 2021.


Tourists are complaining about the obstructed views but say they understand why a taller fence is needed.



AP News

4th August 2019

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