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Park Service Plan to Add Mall Security Hits Resistance

Less Parking, More Barriers Among Recommendations. The National Park Service is proposing increased security at the Mall’s memorials, seeking to permanently close a 70-space parking lot at the Jefferson Memorial and add anti-vehicle barriers east of the Lincoln Memorial, facing the Reflecting Pool. Park officials say the changes are needed to secure the historic structures against the threat of car or truck bombs and will be unobtrusive. But historic preservation groups say the Park Service is limiting or altering the public’s experience of the very monuments it is trying to protect. The proposed changes require approval from the National Capital Planning Commission and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts. Since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the encroachment of concrete-and-steel fortifications around the capital’s best-known symbols of democracy has produced mounting complaints of overkill. Full Story

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