The National Coalition to Save Our Mall is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization of designers, historians, artists, preservationists, and concerned citizens founded in 2000 to protect and enhance the integrity of the National Mall. The Coalition is the only organized voice for the public on Mall matters.
Their mission is to seek a broad, forward-looking visionary plan for the National Mall that recognizes its value to all Americans as a symbol of our country's founding ideals, the People’s Place, and a stage for our evolving democracy.
The Coalition advances its goals through public advocacy holding public forums and presentations to educate audiences and identify the Mall’s needs; and publish reports advocating long-range solutions.
They are urging Congress and the President to establish an independent, 18-month National Mall Commission to bring all constituencies to the table, including the public and District of Columbia government, to create a long-term, visionary plan for the National Mall in its 3rd century. The original visionary plan, the L’Enfant Plan of 1791 for Washington, D.C. (the 1st Century Mall) and the second visionary plan, the McMillan Commission Plan of 1902 (the 2nd Century Mall), cannot accommodate modern needs for new museums and public use.
The National Mall is one of the country’s most symbolic landscapes, a major destination for visitors from the U.S. and around the world, and a major urban park for DC residents. Oversight of the Mall is divided among 6 government agencies and 14 Congressional committees.
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