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DC's modern metro rail system, 90 miles long and with 74 stations, was laid out in the 1970's and will be virtually complete by Yr2000 at a capital cost of $10 billion. It connects the city's downtown area, its newly modernized in-town airport, and all its sprawling suburbs. It has become the focus for clusters of apartment houses and major new shopping malls such as Pentagon City (below) in Arlington, VA--often credited with putting out of business downtown DC's last department stores. NEXT PAGENEXT
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