Kennedy Center Puts Off Plaza Plan

After the US Congress failed to fund it, the Kennedy Center is postponing indefinitely plans for a huge $400 million plaza in front of the center. “The plaza would have laid a broad covering over the Potomac Freeway and included paths for pedestrians and bikers leading back to the Mall. A signature element was a cascading fountain stretching four blocks toward 23rd Street NW. The project was expected to take 10 years to complete.” The project isn’t dead, say Kennedy Center officials, but “under normal highway funding procedures, the money could not be appropriated before 2009.”