DC Visitors to Remain Confused

"Tombstone"-like markings would clutter the mall, panel says

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You know all those tourists who ask you where the White House or the Washington Monument is, sometimes when they're standing a mere 50 feet away from them?

They're not going anywhere anytime soon.

Park service research has shown many out-of-town visitors simply don't know what they're looking at when they see some of the monuments in D.C.

But on Thursday, the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts voted down a plan to add small stone labels to the major memorials on the National Mall, saying iconic monuments simply don't need labels.

Members of the arts panel said the markings would clutter the mall with seemingly corporate signage. Commission member Pamela Nelson said they looked like "tombstones.''

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