The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands holds a hearing on overhaul plans for the National Mall.
Congress is responsible for considering changes to the National Mall based on how each proposal might affect the finite capacity of the site.
Sometimes referred to as "America's Front Yard," the National Mall stretches from the U.S. Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial and includes the Washington Monument, memorials and museums.
The Trust for the National Mall, the official non-profit partner of the National Park Service dedicated to the Mall, has recently commissioned plans for a massive overhaul of the Mall. Many include underground parking, atriums, and performance spaces.
Congressman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) chairs the hearing.
Stephen E. Whitesell, the Regional Director for the National Capital Region of the National Park Service testifies, along with Tom Luebke, Secretary of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts; Preston Bryant, Chairman of the National Capital Planning Commission; Justin Shubow, the President and Chairman of the National Civic Art Society; and Jenice View, a resident of Washington, D.C.