I went downtown today to hit the US Botanical Garden and a couple of museums, and I got a peek at the renovations to the National Mall.
Here is my exclusive, professional-quality footage:
The renovations include: the turf itself, its underlying soil, improved drainage and irrigation, and a nifty granite edging that really sets the grass off nicely. Looks pretty sharp, don’t you think?
For the sake of comparison, check out how it looked in 2008:
Ugh. I am so glad they are fixing up the Mall, because it was actually getting embarrassing bringing out-of-town visitors down there. Many people call the Mall “America’s Front Yard” and frankly ours was starting to look like that neighbor’s yard — the one that everyone bitches to their HOA about.
I know that, as a nation, we are trending away from lawn, but I think that lawn makes sense here in front of the U.S. Capitol, where people gather to protest laws, march for their rights, celebrate national holidays, and play frisbee.
This is America, damn it. If we are going to have giant lawn in front of our Capitol, we should do it better than anybody in the world! Or at least better than the Clampetts or the Ewells would do.
Oh, and P.S., according to the sign below, as of this posting, the US Government has less than 24 hours left to complete the renovation!