By Lynne Duke
Washington Post Staff Writer
JANUARY 20, 1989

Washington Post Staff Writer The place dubbed "peace park" by demonstrators, where homeless people recline during the day and watch the world go by, has been seized by the inaugural machine. Its perimeter is ringed with fencing and bleachers that are 13 rows high. Miles and miles of cable snake along its brick walkways.

Its lawns are jam packed with 32 trailers for the media, the National Park Service, U.S. Park Police, the telephone company, construction crews and a commissary. And tourists fill the sidewalks around the park, gawking at the sights of the nation's capital, including the men, women and children who have no place to call home.

Homeless people flock to the park, several said, because they feel a sense of belonging with the people there, including the perennial protesters against such things as war, the arms race and pollution.

Their access to the park, however, has been curtailed during the last few weeks as inaugural preparations have intensified. They have been allowed only on the park's northeastern fringe. Today, they will be fenced in there, in an area set aside for demonstrators.

"I finally put it in perspective, said a peace demonstrator who calls himself Song. "We're being bleachered to death."

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