by Michael R. Allen
The National Park Service is expected to release its preferred alternatives for the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Management Plan today. Will the NPS enshrine the wishes of the Danforth Foundation, or look beyond the top-down plan for a true vision of the total potential of the Arch grounds? Will NPS consent to some development of the grounds? Will NPS look to an expansive plan for connecting the grounds to downtown, or endorse the drop-in-the-bucket, overpriced “lid” idea? Will the NPS act will diligence as in its role as the defender of a National Historic Landmark? We shall soon find out.
In the meantime, read the excellent article on the Cultural Landscape Foundation website, Jefferson National Expansion: Kileyâ€™s Iconic Memorial Landscape at Risk!” by Lynn McClure and Alan Spears.