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Is the Supreme Court Moving to the National Mall?

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  1. Hopeless 1L says:

    Professor Solove,

    Apparently this is an old idea: The 1901 McMillan Plan for Washington “proposed several things. First, South Capitol Street would become a Mall extension, lined with memorials and museums, and culminating in a new Supreme Court building on the Anacostia waterfront. The placement of the Supreme Court here, argued the NCPC and the Architect of the Capitol, would better symbolically represent the separation of the three branches of government than does the Court’s present location in the shadow of the Capitol.”

    http://xroads.virginia.edu/~CAP/MALL/text1.html

  2. Bruce says:

    This post reminds me of the classic Simpsons episode:

    Lisa: Mr. Jefferson, my name is Lisa Simpson, and I have a problem.

    Jefferson: I know your problem. The Lincoln Memorial was too crowded.

    Lisa: Sorry, sir. It’s just…

    Jefferson: No one ever comes to see me. I don’t blame them. I never did anything important. Just the Declaration of Independence, the Louisiana Purchase, the dumbwaiter…

    Lisa: Uh, maybe I should be going. I’ve caught you at a bad time… [leaves]

    Jefferson: Wait! Please don’t go. I get so lonely…

  3. Nathan Mark Smith says:

    Well if we’re going to make them go to all the trouble of packing up, why not move the Court to, say, Denver?

  4. ralph says:

    The court actually needs more space and is in the process of expanding. I doubt anyone is going to buy a proposal to move the court out of its present home.

  5. Will Baude says:

    I would have thought this could be a symbol of the court’s desires to separate itself out from politics and return to the understandings of those who created our constitution.

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