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A Landmark Shows Its Wear

With its rusty fixtures, peeling paint and trampled lawn, the Mall has long been in need of a facelift.

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America's Unkempt Front Yard
Article | The latch is missing from the stall door in the public restroom south of the Washington Monument. The hinges are bent. The partition is wobbly. Paint is peeling from the ceiling. Rust stains the toilet fixtures, and two signs on a wall warn in red letters: "No Bathing."
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Monumental Repair Work Funded for $76.8 Million
Article | John Philip Sousa conducted at its dedication on Armistice Day in 1931. President Herbert Hoover was on hand. And thousands bared their heads while a bugler played taps.

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