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Crystal City, once cast off by Washington, reinvents itself

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"We feel very strongly that Crystal City has been a sleeper, in that it has been a federal enclave people always assumed would perform because it's across the street from the Pentagon," Mr Thompson said.

Arlington, Virginia

NEXT to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and directly across the Potomac River from Washington, the Crystal City neighbourhood, which because of federal cuts had become a virtual ghost town, is quietly and persistently reinventing itself.

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