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National Park Service Proposes Removing Automobile Infrastructure From The National Mall, Citing Historic Preservation

By Matthew Yglesias on July 20, 2011 at 4:44 pm

"National Park Service Proposes Removing Automobile Infrastructure From The National Mall, Citing Historic Preservation"

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That blockbuster story comes via Dave Alpert:

Line said the Mall is covered by the same laws as other national parks such as the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and Yosemite. Putting a bike station on the Mall would violate the National Historic Preservation Act because a station would be seen as going against the historical purpose of the Mall and its monuments.

“The National Park Service reflects an American heritage and what a particular park means to American citizens, not (necessarily) at (the) convenience of select individuals,” Line said.

Oh, wait, they’re talking about a Capital Bikeshare station not about the highway ramps and automobile-only asphalt. That stuff’s there because of American heritage rather than the convenience of select car owning individuals.

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