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Twenty-four historic sites in D.C., Maryland and Virginia are vying for $1 million in preservation grants—and the winner will be decided by popular opinion.
American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation have come together for Partners in Preservation, a contest that will dole out $1 million in grants to the sites that receive the most votes from the public. With voting set to close on May 10, the Washington National Cathedral—which was damaged by the August 2011 earthquake—is leading, followed by Mount Vernon and the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. Other sites in the running include the Greenbelt Theatre, All Souls Unitarian Church, Congressional Cemetery, the Marine Corps War Memorial, Meridian Hill Park, and the Arlington House.
The contest has run since 1996, and has given out $9 million worth of grants to historic sites in seven cities—San Francisco, Chicago, New Orleans, Boston, Seattle, St. Paul/Minneapolis, and New York. The local winners will be announced on May 13.
In 1986, a federal official issued a warning: If Metro continued to expand rapidly, the system faced a future of stark choices over maintaining existing infrastructure. Metro chose expansion. We talk to a historian about that decision. We also hear from a former Metro general manager about the following years, and from an Arlington planner about measuring how riders are responding to SafeTrack.