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Old 06-20-2014, 10:56 PM
 
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What's now an ad hoc landscape of parking lots and scruffy lawns could transform into the latest attraction on the National Mall. The US Department of Agriculture is planning to convert its grounds into an outdoor museum of cultivation

One hundred years ago, the US Department of Agriculture maintained a world-class arboretum on the Mall. Before the McMillan plan, USDA split the grounds of the National Mall with the the Smithsonian and the Botanic Gardens. Well-loved by local residents, the arboretum was one of Washington's must-see tourist attractions in the 1890s.
Farming will replace parking on the Mall - Greater Greater Washington


This could be a major improvement. The current National Mall is so dull and uninspiring to look at. About as visually interesting to gaze upon as a golf course, or a graveyard. All that's missing are the headstones.
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Old 06-21-2014, 02:13 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Well, it's good to see the Department of Agriculture actually promoting agriculture, if nothing else.

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The current National Mall is so dull and uninspiring to look at. About as visually interesting to gaze upon as a golf course, or a graveyard. All that's missing are the headstones.
Apparently you've never been there.
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Old 06-21-2014, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Vallejo
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Most people find golf courses and graveyards pretty visually interesting. The actual "Mall" part of the National Mall isn't amazingly exciting. It's an open area with grass and walkways. But the National Mall also encompasses a whole lot of more "interesting" things. None the less, it serves as the grounds for numerous events and huge historical significance.

Of course, none of this is actually happening in the Mall. It's all south of Jefferson drive and north of the USDA building.
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Old 06-21-2014, 03:48 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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I sure as h*ll don't remember any parking on the mall. Is that hyperbole I see in the thread title?
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Old 06-21-2014, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Vallejo
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Well, it's a blog. Use of sloppy definitions and hyperbole and a degree of inaccuracy are kind of to be expected. There's certainly some hyperbole in the article "ad hoc landscape of parking lots and scruffy lawns," your guess is as good as mine regarding the actual title. Is it just hyperbole? Does the author not know what the Mall is? Just sloppy use of "the Mall" in referring to the National Mall? Who knows.
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Old 06-21-2014, 06:35 PM
 
Location: Nescopeck, Penna. (birthplace)
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Guess we'll just have to wait and see if some of that stuff that comes from the south end of a northward-facing cow (and I don't mean milk) finds its way to its intended use somewhere on the Mall.
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Old 06-21-2014, 08:24 PM
 
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Guess we'll just have to wait and see if some of that stuff that comes from the south end of a northward-facing cow (and I don't mean milk) finds its way to its intended use somewhere on the Mall.
Milk comes from underneath no matter which way the cow's facing. Well, unless you just pushed her over, but that's not nice. Anyway, a little more bovine excrement in Washington, D.C. isn't going to be noticed.
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Old 06-22-2014, 06:34 PM
 
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Guess we'll just have to wait and see if some of that stuff that comes from the south end of a northward-facing cow (and I don't mean milk) finds its way to its intended use somewhere on the Mall.
Fortunately, they produce that material in massive quantities in the halls of Congress.
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Old 06-22-2014, 07:05 PM
 
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Most people find golf courses and graveyards pretty visually interesting. The actual "Mall" part of the National Mall isn't amazingly exciting. It's an open area with grass and walkways. But the National Mall also encompasses a whole lot of more "interesting" things. None the less, it serves as the grounds for numerous events and huge historical significance.

Of course, none of this is actually happening in the Mall. It's all south of Jefferson drive and north of the USDA building.

It looks as somber (and dead) as a graveyard so yeah its a good analogy.




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The Lincoln Memorial is like a giant headstone and makes the whole place look like one giant grave.
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Old 06-22-2014, 07:16 PM
 
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Correction: the tall pointy thing looks like a headstone, forgot what it's called.
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