Patrolling the Skateboarder The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is the world’s standard-bearer against protectionism. But ever since it erected a group of granite fountains in front of its 19th Street NW headquarters last spring, the IMF has beefed up security efforts to keep out skateboarders and rollerbladers eager to test the fountains’ smooth curves. “This is not a gymnasium,” explains William Murray, an IMF spokesperson. Murray says that the IMF plans to erect barriers that will block access to the fountains. “They might destroy our property,” he adds. “Or roll out into 19th Street and destroy themselves.”

Reporting by Dan Gilgoff, Laura Lang, and Elissa Silverman.

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