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  • Visitors make their way up a makeshift grass path across the Ellipse to the South Lawn of the White House on Tuesday. The entire area, also called President's Park South, is set to be revamped after the National Capital Planning Commission invited five architectural-design firms from around the country to present plans for a new design. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

    Designers pitch plans to upgrade the Ellipse

    The National Capital Planning Commission is focused on making the open space adjacent to the White House more complementary to the landmark itself without sacrificing national security. On Tuesday, the commission presented the top five project designs from a nationwide search to find the best way to accomplish that goal.

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