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“Why is there no Retail at Metro Stations?”

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“Dear PoPville,

Random question that I couldn’t answer via Google: Do you know why there are no retail outlets in DC metro stations? For a system that seems to be underfunded and in need of upgraded cars and greater police presence, among other things, it would seem like leasing retail space could provide a least a secondary source of income. This technique is employed to a great degree in Europe, where even small-town train stations resemble shopping malls.”

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