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Prepare for a World of Traffic Hell around the Verizon/Convention Centers

by Prince Of Petworth — March 21, 2016 at 9:10 am 18 Comments

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Bossi

Update from Alert DC just after 11am:

“MPD reports traffic around the DC Convention Center is experiencing minor delays due to Delegates returning to the Convention Center. Please take an alternate route.”

Starting to get reports last night about traffic around the Convention and Verizon Center. It is time for the annual AIPAC Conference (with speakers who require immense security as well the presence of counter protesters) resulting in some serious traffic. I didn’t seen an EVENTS DC alert this year but the AIPAC Conference is scheduled to go through tomorrow morning.

  • sproc

    This is small potatoes compared to the Nuclear Security Summit at the end of the month (3/31-4/1). The OPM circular claims over 50 Heads of State will attend and strongly encourages maximum telework.

  • womp

    Walking by the CC to the metro this morning, I noticed there wasn’t nearly the security presence I would have expected to see – certainly an uptick in cop cars hanging around, but I didn’t notice anything beyond that. However, I’m expecting my commute home to be a little more flashy………and to agree with what sproc said, next week’s Nuclear Security Summit will be absolute hell.

  • agoodcitizen

    Please be aware that the AIPAC conference is at the Verizon Center, not the Convention Center.

    • That would explain the no EVENTS DC alert – thank you!!

    • womp

      really? the event registration says the Convention Center…but I guess that doesn’t mean it’s being held there. Thanks for the info!

      • dceited

        It’s happening at both locations. I worked across from the Verizon Center and received a notice on Friday that there would be events at the Verizon Center in the morning and evening, but that the events would shift to the Convention Center in the middle of the day.

        • womp

          thank you!!

  • Philippe Lecheval

    The worst part about a Trump presidency will be the annoyingly constant protests we’re bound to see.

    • wdc

      The worst part? I would have gone with handing power to the most hateful, least educated segments of our society, but YMMV.

    • dcd

      1. “Will be” conveys a sense of inevitability that (I fervently hope) is sorely misplaced.
      2. This actually would be something like the 193rd worst part of a Trump presidency. (I know you were kidding, but still, let’s not even joke about this.)

  • Anonymous

    Who are the guys in the photo? Are these the ultra Orthodox right who believe the Israeli state shouldn’t exist yet? They’re a trip. I still don’t understand their argument.

    • Makhnovisti

      That particular group is Neturei Karta. In general, groups like that see the State of Israel as heretical, due to issues of the Temple and the Messiah and whatnot. There are Haredim in Israel whose ancestors migrated there long before modern Zionism, and they agree with that sentiment.

  • Dan

    Traffic’s always stop n go in front of Verizon, so probably no huge difference.

  • Anonymous

    They’ve taken over both the entirety of the Verizon Center and the Convention Center. It’s 18k attendees in total. There wasn’t much security around the Convention Center because the main event this morning (the plenary with Hillary speaking) was at the Verizon Center.

    • womp

      got it. do you know where the evening main event will be (Verizon or Convention)? I’d like to plan my commute to avoid as much of it as possible.

      • womp

        ignore this; answered above.

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