That's me in the wild t-shirt. We couldn't go up to the shuttle but we were not very far back from it. Even though the news media had announced that there would be a lot of security it wasn't very restrictive. The people were moving all the time so the "crowds" were not bad at all.
Here are the "crowds". People kept coming and going since the shuttle wasn't moving so there was no great mass of folks. The only time it got crowded was when a schoolbus would let of a crowd of kids - but they were there and gone within a short period of time.
If you enlarge this photo you can see the news vans parked around the outer edge of the parking lot.
We did not get to see it move through the streets [we had to be back home before it started it's trip] but it was fun to be a part of the excitement that day.