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Lingering disagreements dog planned redevelopment of DC park into national WWI Memorial

WASHINGTON — When it was built in 1981 as part of an architectural revival of Pennsylvania Avenue, Pershing Park was a downtown oasis of tree line and water fountain steps from the White House. In the years since, the park has fallen into disrepair and has become a haven for homeless people and pigeons.

Now, despite its future as a new national World War I memorial, the park is being pulled into a dispute over how to best preserve its once-idyllic past. A groundbreaking ceremony for the memorial is scheduled for Thursday, but some members of Washington’s architecture community have lingering concerns because its design is not yet final.


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