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A casino resort rises in Maryland, transforming sand to shimmer

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To enhance the property's aesthetics, MGM National Harbor has spent more than US$20 million on art, commissioning local artists like Margaret Boozer, whose regional map made of red clay adorns the wall above the hotel reception desk (above).

Oxon Hill, Maryland

As MGM opens a new resort this week on a hillside overlooking the Potomac River, it will deliver a victory in a long effort to develop a shoreline carved from a sand-and-gravel pit.

The US$1.4 billion resort at National Harbor, a mini-city south of Washington,

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