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- MALL_200314_16.JPG: Fairly deserted because of growing covid-19 concerns.
- MALL_200314_38.JPG: Jumper!
- MALL_200322_02.JPG: This tree by the Washington Monument is obviously having trouble. There's a support on one side of it and kids climbing on the other.
- MALL_200411_01.JPG: Totally devoid of cars due to Covid-19.
- MALL_200509_19.JPG: I have no idea why all the truck cabs were parked here.
- MALL_200606_01.JPG: Boxes cover up removed light pole stumps.
- MALL_200607_04.JPG: The Mall is still relatively empty both from Covid-19 and worries about the BLM protests which have resulted in some shutdown streets.
- MALL_200719_09.JPG: 6ft
Thank you for practicing social distancing
- MALL_200808_01.JPG: Emergency No Parking
Start Date : ???
End Date: June 21st, 2020 ...
Reason: July 4th Celebration
[Keep in mind this picture was photograph was taken on August 8. They're not removing the old signs so people parking can't easily tell if there are any parking restrictions now.]
- MALL_200906_01.JPG: I hadn't seen a tour bus in awhile.
- MALL_200906_14.JPG: The drivers and presumably all of the passengers were Chinese.
- MALL_200906_16.JPG: This electric car charging station was near the Air and Space Museum
- MALL_200906_21.JPG: AutoCoil
Smart Charging Solutions for Electric Vehicles
A Subsidiary of Control Module Inc
- MALL_200906_26.JPG: Payment for the electric car charging station
- MALL_200906_27.JPG: This charging station was outside of the American History museum. The curb wasn't marked off and the no parking sign was fairly far back.
- MALL_200906_35.JPG: There were some people out despite Covid-19.
- MALL_200906_44.JPG: COVID-19 Safety
Although National Mall and Memorial Parks is [sic] not closed, we encourage all visitors, particularly the most vulnerable, including the elderly and people with underlying conditions, to make smart decisions and to follow CDC guidance to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. These measures include:
* Practice social distancing;
* Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
* Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze;
* Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth;
* Most importantly, please stay home if you feel sick.
[Note that it doesn't mention wearing a mask. That had long ago become a recommendation by everyone except the child president but the park service hadn't updated their signs at least here.]
- MALL_201013_01.JPG: Saf-Gard Shoemobile
- MALL_201021_41.JPG: Outdoor yoga session.
- Wikipedia Description: National Mall
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The National Mall is an open-area national park in downtown Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States. It is the site of gardens and other greenery along with many Smithsonian museums, national monuments and memorials. The National Mall refers specifically to the land stretching from the grounds of the Washington Monument to the United States Capitol directly to the east. However, the term commonly includes the areas that are officially part of West Potomac Park and Constitution Gardens to the west, and often is taken to refer to the entire area between the Lincoln Memorial and the Capitol, with the Washington Monument providing a division slightly west of the center.
From the Capitol steps to the Lincoln Memorial, the Mall runs 1.9 miles (3.0 km).
From the steps to the Washington Monument, the Mall spans 1.1 miles (1.8 km).
From Grant Statue to Lincoln Memorial, the Mall covers 309.2 acres (125.1 ha).
1. Washington Monument
2. National Museum of American History
3. National Museum of Natural History
4. National Gallery of Art sculpture garden
5. West Building of the National Gallery of Art
6. East Building of the National Gallery of Art
7. United States Capitol
8. Ulysses S. Grant Memorial
9. United States Botanic Garden
10. National Museum of the American Indian
11. National Air and Space Museum
12. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
13. Arts and Industries Building
14. Smithsonian Institution Building ("The Castle")
15. Freer Gallery of Art
16. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
17. National Museum of African Art
18. The National Sylvan Theater
19. The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, scheduled for completion in 2008, will be located on a 4-acre (1.6 ha) site that borders the Tidal Basin and within the sightline of the Jefferson and Lincoln memorials.
As popularly understood, the National Mall also includes the following west of the Washington Monument:
1. The Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting Pool,
2. The National World War II Memorial,
3. The Korean War Veterans Memorial, and
4. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
The idea for the National Mall was originally conceived by Pierre Charles L'Enfant in his plans for the city of Washington, D.C., created in 1791. However, his ideas were not realized until the beginning of the 20th century, with the McMillan Commission plan, which was also inspired by the City Beautiful Movement. Among other things, the McMillan plan called for moving the main railroad station from a site on the National Mall to its present location at Union Station.
The United States Congress passed the Reserve Act of 2003 to forbid further construction in the core of the National Mall.
Protests and rallies:
The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom at the MallThe Mall's status as a wide, open expanse at the heart of the capital makes it an attractive site for protests and rallies of all types. One notable example is the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, a massive rally for African-American civil rights, at which Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. The largest officially recorded rally was the Vietnam War Moratorium Rally on October 15, 1969. Although larger rallies may have occurred since that time, the United States Park Police no longer release official estimates of crowd sizes on the Mall. One later rally that is claimed to have been the largest rally on the Mall was the 2004 March for Women's Lives. On January 27, 2007, tens of thousands opposed to the Iraq War protesters converged here, drawing comparisons by participants to the Vietnam War protest.
Annually on July 4th, the Capitol Fourth celebration takes place at the U.S. Capitol end of the mall, with a fireworks display.
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