How does that make the Capitol look better?
Would you like to see a “mall” on the east side, too?
During the Depression in the mid-1930's, the summer heat was especially terrible. Air conditioning didn't exist, so many Lincoln people came to the Capitol at night and slept on the lawn as a way of keeping cool.
The summer heat brought some Lincoln children would come to the Capitol in the day time to use the water fountains, because they thought the Capitol fountains were the coolest in town.