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On the Mall, Image of Safety Is Shattered

The green expanse of the Mall evokes many emotions, but wariness has never been one of them. Over the years, the lack of crime has created an aura of safety that allows joggers and tourists, children and couples to drop their guard and stroll in the day and even at night.

By Petula Dvorak and Michael E. Ruane

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