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The new convention center’s boasts of hugeness have long rested on its 38,000 tons of superstructural steel as well as a footprint covering six city blocks. Now it has a new claim: two police service areas. The Metropolitan Police Department’s new map of proposed PSAs, based on the Office of Planning’s neighborhood-cluster maps, shows the line between PSA 306 and PSA 101 slicing right through the building. Theoretically, 306 would be responsible for trouble in Hall A, while 101 would handle Hall C. Nola Joyce, the MPD’s executive director of organizational development, says the department noticed the problem back in May, just as the maps were going to the printer. An adjusted map could be released as early as next month. “We’ll move the boundary to make sure [the convention center] falls into one PSA,” Joyce says. Dave Jamieson