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Boundaries/Management of National Mall: Confused?

The National Coalition to Save Our Mall (you know, the National Mall) has released a dizzying chart and map showing the overseeing agencies and (lack of) defined boundaries of our nation’s front lawn.

The Mall has two historic plans, the L’Enfant Plan (white) and the expanded McMillan Plan (yellow), which provide the basis for defining the Mall’s physical boundaries. However, the National Park Service defines the “Mall” and “National Mall” in at least four different ways (aqua, red, green, and pink) while DC Government has yet another definition (orange). Congress in 2003 (Public Law 108-126, Title II) defined the Mall as the “great cross-axis…which generally extends from the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial, and from the White House to the Jefferson Memorial.” However, a 2003 Congressional Research Service report states that there is “no statutory description or map of the Mall.”

Now, who’s in charge of the Mall. Congress? The National Park Service?  The National Capital Planning Commission? Depending on which boundary you use, there are at least eight committees in Congress having oversight of at least six Mall managing agencies.

One Response

  1. Incredibly confusing…I had no idea there were so many ways to define “the Mall.”

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