Dallas: Acknowledging The Past

Acknowledging The Past

For many in Dallas, the Texas School Book Depository has been a monument to the most shameful day in the city's history. For years tourists have trekked to the red-brick building where Lee Harvey Oswald fired the shots that killed President John F. Kennedy. But the structure was closed to the public until 1981, when it was declared a Texas historic site, and visitors still are not allowed near Oswald's sixth-floor sniper perch.

Now Dallas has decided to acknowledge the continuing interest in the site. The city's landmark commission gave approval for a 60-ft. elevator tower that will run to the...