Richard Moe retires

Richard Moe, for 17 years the head of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, announced his plans for retirement today. He’s had some stunning victories since he came to the Trust in 1992-93, including a famous battle against the Walt Disney Company’s plans to build a theme park near some of the most historically hallowed ground on the East Coast. Moe also helped build the Trust into a more powerful, more flexible, more nationally connected organization. I’ve had lunch with him twice, and it was immediately clear that he is endowed with the kind of intelligence and charisma that makes Washington (sometimes) a fabulous place to do power. Here’s my story (with a dramatic recap of the Battle Against the Mouse), which I endeavored to not sound like an obit.

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