Americana: Taming the Combat Zone

Boston is the home of not only the bean and the cod but also the aptly named Combat Zone. The city set aside this seedy downtown area three years ago for X-rated movies, porn shops and other facets of the skin tradeĀ—in hopes of being able to contain them. But over the past year, violence has followed the vice: a Harvard football player was fatally stabbed, an exotic dancer was strangled, and a brisk trade in guns sprang up. Looking for ways to curb the rough stuff without closing the zone down, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) has devised a strategy...

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