December 10 2013
Who is the National Coalition to Save Our Mall? What Are We Doing?
What's the solution to fragmented Mall management (download a pdf of this chart)
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The National Mall: Stage for Our Democracy, at Washington area airports (Traveler Services desk) and at:
American Institute of Architects / DC, 421 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC
Department of Agriculture Visitor Center (on the Mall), 1400 Independence Ave., SW
In the National Coalition to Save Our Mall outlines a long-range vision for the , Renewing American Democracy on the 3rd Century Mall 3rd Century Mall. Our vision proposes that the Mall can tell a more complete American story, be expanded to accommodate growing public use, be better integrated with the surrounding community, and offer visitors a host of amenities and services including affordable and convenient transportation and circulation.
Unlike the new federal plans that treat the Mall as "complete" and only in need of restoration and maintenance, the 3rd Century Mall vision anticipates the Mall's continuing evolution to support the long-term needs of the American public and our democracy in the 21st century. Developing the 3rd Century Mall visionary plan will require an independent group of thoughtful and visionary designers and thinkers. Read Renewing American Democracy and our earlier reports here .
The National Coalition to Save Our Mall is a national, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt education and research organization working to preserve the National Mall as the Monument to Democracy it is intended to be. If this is your first visit to our site, we suggest you begin with the
History of the National Mall.
Our mission is to defend our national gathering place and symbol of Constitutional principles against threats posed by recent and ongoing proposals - for new memorials, security barriers, service buildings and roads - that would encroach on the Mall's historical and cultural integrity, its open spaces and sweeping vistas, and its significance in American public life.
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“The sublime emptiness of Washington’s National Mall stands for nothing less than democracy. If the nation’s politicians won’t protect it, the public must.” — Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times art critic
Nov. 25, 2013: National Mall Underground Exhibit and Media
Watch Media Coverage of the National Mall Underground
Nov. 17, 2013: National Mall Underground Proposes Pedestrian-Friendly Mall
March 21, 2013: Learning from Rotterdam -- A Hybrid Flood Protection/Parking Facility for the National Mall
Oct. 18, 2012: Coalition testified for simple security solution at Washington Monument
Sept. 11, 2012: Coalition Testified before Congress on Proposed WWI Memorial
Sept. 5 & 12, 2012: Free tours of 3rd Century Mall Exhibition
March, April 2012: Coalition letters on Eisenhower Memorial in NYTimes and Washington Post
SLIDESHOW: Defining the National Mall to Protect its Legacy and Ensure its Future
Read a complete analysis of the Mall definition problem
SLIDESHOW: Improving the Mall Setting for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture by implementing the historic L’Enfant vision
August 2011 Coalition: "Ensuring the Stability of the Washington Monument Foundation"
July 2011 Ideas Competition for Monument engages public in visionary thinking about the Mall
Dec 2010 Coalition comments on Final Mall Plan
Free Self-Guided Tour
America's Struggle for Freedom
Download our free Mall map/historical guide
Read comments on proposed security screening at Washington Monument
Dec 2010 Coalition comments
Committee of 100 comments
Coalition offers alternative for NPS "temporary" building
Coalition submits questions to NCPC
Coalition comments on NPS "temporary" building
Coalition Comments on Eisenhower Memorial Concept
April 8: Coalition comments on NPS Turf Plan
March 2010 Nonprofits comment on NPS Mall Plan
Washington Post columnist Roger Lewis (1991) and cartoonist Richard Thompson (2000) satiric takes on memorials vs. the Mall open space.
October 2009: Coalition offers sustainable alternative for Lincoln Reflecting Pool
July 2009 comments on Vietnam Visitors Center
Mar. 2009: Hear NPR's Morning Edition about Mall disrepair
Read LA Times support
Read Washington Post editorial "A Downtrodden Mall"
Dec. 6 - Read Lewis, "Don't
Neglect the Mall" NPS's proposed bookstore for MLK Memorial: October 2008: Coalition Comments on NCPC's Framework Plan
October 2008: New memorials for Mall?
Coalition comments 8/11/08
NPS reply 8/21/08
Coalition response 8/28/08
on EIS for African American Museum. Coalition comments
View the Smithsonian's reply.
Watch video "Gone to Seed"
CBS Sunday Morning June 2008
/ Watch the segment Read the transcript
of Coalition's President WMAL's interview
with Coalition CNN's July 4th story
click on cartoon for larger image
May 2008: Washington Post:
Appalled by the Mall
Congressional hearing on Future of the Mall
of the hearing Read the Post's coverage
issued by the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) for Washington DC and the National Mall (map sections 18C and 19C) View the new flood maps
on Flooding and Stormwater in Washington, DC Read the NCPC's January 2008 Report (3.1 MB)
Why the controversy over the proposed Vietnam Veterans Memorial Visitor Center?
View the proposed design and read the Coalition's statement.
December 2007: Read comments critical of the Vietnam Visitor Center design by:
The National Trust for Historic Preservation (PDF)
National Coalition to Save Our Mall (PDF)
Equal Honor For All (PDF)
Read comments from the federal Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (PDF) reminding the NPS to schedule a public meeting to consider alternative design concepts.
Read the National Park Service's Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) (PDF)which ignores all comments and advice
Read public comments about the National Park Service announces EIS for the National Mall NPS Mall Plan by Save Our Mall Comments by the NPCA Additional Comments (PDF) by the NPCA Comments (PDF) by the Guild of Professional Tour Guides Comments (PDF)
Coalition chair Judy Scott Feldman was interviewed on CBS Sunday Morning's segment "Too Many Memorials in D.C."
Click here to read the transcript Who's in charge of the National Mall? (PDF, 484k) Save Our Mall Coalition Welcomes NPS Management Plan NCPC approves Mall site for Vietnam Veterans Memorial Visitor Center Read the Washington Post article Read testimony by the Coalition, the National Trust (PDF, 164k), and Vietnam veteran Ray Saikus (PDF, 16k) Listen to public radio interview with Coalition Chair Feldman Read commentary in the Washington Post and Los Angeles Times The Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial On September 7, the NCPC approved the Maryland Avenue site for the Eisenhower Memorial. The Coalition testified against the proposed permanent closing of this historic avenue for this or any memorial. (PDF, 244k) EA comments by the Coalition (PDF, 148k) EA comments by architect Arthur Cotton Moore, FAIA (PDF, 12k) Great Moments on the Mall The National Mall is the people's space, where citizens assemble to petition, protest and celebrate. We've collected some of the more obvious. We'd like to hear about yours. Pepsi Moments on the Mall The NFL take-over of the National Mall has set the precedent for blatant commercialization of our nation's icons.