Major National Mall Challenges:  What the National Capital Planning Commission and Others Need To Do 

By Judy Scott Feldman

On March 3rd, on behalf of the National Mall Coalition, I presented testimony to the National Capital Planning Commission speaking to the major challenges we face on the Mall, from flooding to renewable energy to siting new monuments and museums.

Regrettably, the Commissioners did not engage in any serious discussion of the points I made, essentially dismissing what I presented while claiming there is a Mall-wide collaboration underway by the relevant agencies and institutions.  That’s news to those of us who have been following agency plans now for over 20 years.

Basically, DC and Federal agencies continue to seek piecemeal flooding and renewable energy projects that not only fail to consider the integrity of the Mall as a whole, but that mean there will be many, many future construction projects on the Mall. These include individual flood cisterns and individual power plants, as the Smithsonian is now planning, and for which NCPC gave approval.

Read my testimony — and the solution that requires Congressional action.

Watch the full meeting below (my testimony starts at 40:51).

On a related matter, read our op-ed in The Washington Post on March 9th supporting architect Arthur Cotton Moore’s proposal for two new museum sites on the Mall.


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