Politics & Government

May 20, 2014

Battle over Eisenhower memorial pits tradition, innovation

It’s a small, contentious piece of real estate on the National Mall, itself the most visible and most valuable green space in the nation’s capital. The dispute is over the future of a 4-acre rectangular tract that sits across from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum and directly in front of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Building, within sight of the U.S. Capitol. It does not have a lot of curb appeal, divided diagonally by a small road dotted with parking meters, bordered by sidewalks and punctuated by scrubby greenery.

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