The crowd at President Barack Obama's first inauguration in 2009.

The crowd at President Barack Obama's first inauguration in 2009.

The National Mall will soon be filled with tens of thousands of people attending the presidential inauguration and the Women’s March. We explore the history of gatherings and protests on the Mall and the roles presidents have played in shaping the public spaces that accommodate such crowds in our nation’s capital.

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  • Roger Lewis Architect; Columnist, "Shaping the City," Washington Post; and Professor Emeritus of Architecture, University of Maryland College Park
  • Sheila Brennan Director of Strategic Initiatives and Research Associate Professor, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, George Mason University

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