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Washington Monument

Improvements to National Mall impressive, more planned

Improvements to National Mall impressive, more planned

It's improving. It's better. Americans can be proud of it again.

What, you thought we were talking about Congress?

We're talking about the National Mall this city's national park that contains everything from the Washington Monument to the national carousel.

After decades of deferred maintenance that caused the Mall to slip into a blowsy, weedy, concrete-crumbling state, it has been whipped into semi-respectable shape in just 30 months.

The earthquake-damaged Washington Monument finally reopened May 11, and it looks splendid inside and out. A renovated, more interactive and lively White House Visitors Center officially opened Sept. 13.

And that is just...