How would you change the Washington Monument grounds?

Since 2010, a group of historians, architects, professors and others interested in starting a dialogue about the underused expanse at the heart of the Mall launched a National Ideas Competition to generate answers to that question. In July, a jury picked six finalists, and now the public is being asked to choose two “People’s Choice” favorites.

This week, The Post’s Local Opinions page asked all the finalists to describe their vision for the area in 200 words or fewer. Click on the links below to see an image from their proposals and to read what they had to say.

— “Arcs of Shade” by Stephen Lederach.

— “You and Me” by Jinwoo Lim.

— “Field of Stars” by Catherine Peek.

— “The People’s Forum” by Karolina Kawiaka.

— “Monument of Unity” by Jacques Prins, Kevin Battarbee and Egidijus Kasakaitis.

— “An Inclined Plane” by Julian Hunt, Lucrecia Laudi, Monling Lee and Miguel Angel Maldonado.