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April 25 2014

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)

Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Listen to Coalition Chair Judy Scott Feldman on the Kojo Nnamdi Show, "Shaping the City: The National Mall as America's Gathering Place" (August 22, 2013)

Read the Washington Post editorial endorsing our Parking/Reservoir Idea

Click here to see the presentation of "Flood Protection & Parking on the National Mall: A Hybrid Proposal for a Sustainable and Resilient Mall"

7th Graders With Mall Map


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

Exhibits Envision the “3RD CENTURY MALL” and Washington Monument Grounds

August 8 - September 15, 2012
SIGAL Gallery
District Architecture Center
421 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC

See the "People's Choice" winners of the National Ideas Competition for the Washington Monument Grounds"

In Renewing American Democracy on the 3rd Century Mall, the National Coalition to Save Our Mall outlines a long-range vision for the 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.

What does the Mall need?

How do I get a permit for recreation or special events on the Mall? What are the rules?  

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.

We welcome your participation. Please contact us for more information. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter.

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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


Read past updates here

February 2014

Feb. 20, 2014: Coalition testimony says colossal Eisenhower Memorial ignores historic plans

Jan. 22, 2014: Public use of the Mall letter in The Washington Post

Dec. 10, 2013: End of Year Fundraising Appeal

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
PRINTABLE version     

Download our free Mall map/historical guide
PRINTABLE version     

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"

October 2008: Coalition Comments on NCPC's Framework Plan

October 2008: New memorials for Mall?

NPS's proposed bookstore for MLK Memorial:
Coalition comments 8/11/08
NPS reply 8/21/08
Coalition response 8/28/08

Coalition comments on EIS for African American Museum. View the Smithsonian's reply.

Watch video "Gone to Seed"

• CBS Sunday Morning June 2008
  Watch the segment / Read the transcript

WMAL's interview of Coalition's President
CNN's July 4th story with Coalition

click on cartoon for larger image

• May 2008: Washington Post: Appalled by the Mall
• Congressional hearing on Future of the Mall
Read the Post's coverage of the hearing

View the new flood maps issued by the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) for Washington DC and the National Mall (map sections 18C and 19C)
Read the NCPC's January 2008 Report (3.1 MB) on Flooding and Stormwater in Washington, DC

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 past updates here

National Park Service announces EIS for the National Mall
• Read public comments about the NPS Mall Plan
Comments by Save Our Mall
Additional Comments (PDF) by the NPCA
Comments (PDF) by the NPCA
Comments (PDF) by the Guild of Professional Tour Guides

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.

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