The National Mall: No Ordinary Public Space

By Lisa Benton-Short

© 2016

The National Mall in Washington, D.C. is one of the most important and highly visible urban public spaces in the U.S.  It is considered by many Americans to be “the nation’s front yard.” Yet few have written about the role of this public space in the twenty-first century.

In The National Mall, Lisa Benton-Short explores the critical issues that are redefining and reshaping this extraordinary public space. Her work focuses on three contemporary and interrelated debates about public space: the management challenges faced by federal authorities, increased demands for access and security post 9/11, and the role of the public in the Mall’s long-term planning and development plans. By taking a holistic view of the National Mall and analyzing the unique twenty-first century challenges it faces, Lisa Benton-Short provides a fluid, cohesive, and timely narrative that is as extraordinary as the Mall itself.

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  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 296 pages
  • Illustrations: 36
  • Dimensions: 7.0in x 1.0in x 10.0in
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In The National Mall, Lisa Benton-Short explores the critical issues that are redefining and reshaping this extraordinary public space.

The National Mall: No Ordinary Public Space

By Lisa Benton-Short

© 2016

The National Mall in Washington, D.C. is one of the most important and highly visible urban public spaces in the U.S.  It is considered by many Americans to be “the nation’s front yard.” Yet few have written about the role of this public space in the twenty-first century.

In The National Mall, Lisa Benton-Short explores the critical issues that are redefining and reshaping this extraordinary public space. Her work focuses on three contemporary and interrelated debates about public space: the management challenges faced by federal authorities, increased demands for access and security post 9/11, and the role of the public in the Mall’s long-term planning and development plans. By taking a holistic view of the National Mall and analyzing the unique twenty-first century challenges it faces, Lisa Benton-Short provides a fluid, cohesive, and timely narrative that is as extraordinary as the Mall itself.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 296 pages
  • Illustrations: 36
  • Dimensions: 7.0in x 1.0in x 10.0in
  • Reviews

    ‘This is a valuable document in the development of a movement towards rationalization and reform of Mall governance.’


    Don Alexander Hawkins
    Washington History Spring 2017

    ‘An excellent book on the National Mall’s history of failures and mismanagement… Benton-Short’s book is firmly rooted in social science scholarship, but it should be read by everyone interested in the past, present, and future of public spaces.’


    Mark A Barron
    H-FedHist July 2017

    “Lisa Benton-Short’s scholarship is excellent. This book will be of interest to anyone interested in public space, national parks and other urban issues.”


    Setha Low, Professor in the Anthropology Program and Director of the Public Space Research Group at the CUNY Graduate Center

    The National Mall  is a terrific book. The author has produced a beautifully researched, written and illustrated narrative that makes a major contribution to the fields of American history and urban studies.”


    Peter Muller, Senior Professor in the Department of Geography and Regional Studies at the University of Miami
  • Author Information

    Lisa Benton-Short is Chair and associate professor in the Department of Geography at George Washington University and Senior Fellow with the Sustainability Collaborative.
  • Table of contents

    List of Tables

    List of Figures

    List of Plates

    Acknowledgements

    Introduction

    Chapter 1: From Grand Avenue to Public Space: A Brief History of the Mall

    Part I: Management Challenges

    Chapter 2: Neglecting the Mall

    Chapter 3: Managing the Mall

    Part II Use and Development Pressures

    Chapter 4: Making Space for the Dream

    Chapter 5: Brawl on the Mall

    Chapter 6: Securing the Mall

    Part III Planning and Public Participation

    Chapter 7: Whose Mall is It?

    Chapter 8: The Right to the Mall

    Chapter 9: Envisioning a 21st Century Mall

    Conclusion

    Notes and References

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