National Mall

National Mall

'Stage of Our Democracy' in Disrepair

June 30, 2008, 7:45 am
"America's front yard" needs a cleanup crew. Several million in cash would help, too. From afar, the National Mall, the majestic expanse of parkland from the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial, looks postcard-perfect. But don't get too close. The famous Reflecting Pool is stagnant and full of muck. The lawns are flattened in places and just patches of dust. The sidewalks are cracked, the walking paths are crumbling and public restrooms need repairs.