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R.I.P. Abe Pollin, the man who improved downtown

Kaid Benfield

Posted November 25, 2009 at 2:56PM

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the late Abe Pollin and his wife, Irene (by: George Mason University)

When the history of Washington's turn-of-the-millennium revitalization is written, developer and sports owner Abe Pollin will be a giant part of the story.  He passed away yesterday at the age of 85. 

I wrote last year about Mr. Pollin and the incredible impact of his decision to build the MCI (now Verizon) Center arena downtown, and I have now updated that post to reflect on Mr. Pollin's contributions to our community.  They are impressive.