Lafayette: Park or Square?
I contend that the part of President's Park that is a park is Lafayette Park, and that the adjacent buildings, streets, and the park itself, comprise Lafayette Square. Most squares in Washington also refer to the adjacent neighborhood of buildings and streets. The National Park Service refers to the park in Lafayette Square as Lafayette Park on their maps (see website external link to President's Park site maintained by the Park Service.) What I would propose is a separate article on the Square, as distinct from the Park, and this article would not only be about the history of the Park, but also the historic homes and buildings lining the Square. In the old days, Lafayette Square was a distinct location, or mini-neighborhood to itself. The name of the subtopic in this article presently called "Lafayette Square" would be changed to "Lafayette Park", and there would be links back and forth to the separate article on the Square.
What do you think?
Park or Square
Since this page is about the NPS unit of President's Park, it should say Lafayette Park. I agree though that there should be a separate page dealing with the history of Lafayette Square, the surrounding buildings and the historic district (which comprises buildings not directly on the Square). This page could even be edited to note that Lafayette Park is within Lafayette Square. 01:09, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
WikiProject class rating
This article was automatically assessed because at least one WikiProject had rated the article as start, and the rating on other projects was brought up to start class. BetacommandBot 16:02, 9 November 2007 (UTC)
Densest squirrel population?
The survey that found Lafayette Park to be the home of the densest squirell pop known to science was done between 1980 - 1981. Haven't found any info to dispute this but certainly there should be a line that gives a disclaimer along the lines of "30 years ago this was true, but who knows if it still is..." Thoughts? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 220.127.116.11 (talk) 20:18, 6 July 2009 (UTC)
Name of Pierre (Peter) Charles L'Enfant
L'Enfant identified himself as "Peter Charles L'Enfant" during most of his life, while residing in the United States. (See: Bowling, Kenneth R (2002). Peter Charles L'Enfant: vision, honor, and male friendship in the early American Republic. George Washington University, Washington, D.C.) He wrote this name on his "Plan of the city intended for the permanent seat of the government of t(he) United States ...." (Washington, D.C.) and on other legal documents. However, during the early 1900's, a French ambassador to the U.S., Jean Jules Jusserand, popularized the use of L'Enfant's birth name, "Pierre Charles L'Enfant". (See: Bowling (2002). The National Park Service identifies L'Enfant as "Major Peter Charles L'Enfant" and as "Major Pierre (Peter) Charles L'Enfant" on its website. The United States Code states in : "(a) In General.—The purposes of this chapter shall be carried out in the District of Columbia as nearly as may be practicable in harmony with the plan of Peter Charles L'Enfant." The 2010 edition of the United States Capitol Historical Society's calendar identified L'Enfant as "Peter L'Enfant" in the legend of its picture for the month of November. For those reasons, all Wikipedia articles should identify L'Enfant as "Pierre (Peter) Charles L'Enfant", rather than as "Pierre Charles L'Enfant" or as "Pierre L'Enfant. Corker1 (talk) 01:56, 22 January 2010 (UTC)