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After hotel renovation, Watergate owners hope for a breakthrough
After hotel renovation, Watergate owners hope for a breakthrough

The suffix "gate" has been slapped on so many scandals and faux scandals — closed turnpike lanes, presidential haircuts, deflated footballs, to name a few — that it can be easy to forget there is an actual place that started it all: the Watergate. In recent years, this six-building complex of undulating apartment buildings, retail stores and offices — including one that housed the Democratic National Committee, broken into by Republican operatives in 1972 in a scandal that would claim a president — has lost some of its former sheen, most notably with the decay and closure eight years ago of the once-glamorous Watergate Hotel. Now, a developer is...

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