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.
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