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It's an island! (Google Maps)

After months and months of persuasion, flirtation, and secrecy, aerospace giant Northrop Grumman has selected a site just inside the Beltway on Arlington Boulevard to plop its headquarters. Faint hopes that the 300 high-rolling execs would move to a spot served by metro turned out to be a pipe dream; the location is in the curl of a vast interchange, but close to neither rail lines, nor a community for the headquarters to serve. It will be across the “street” from a Raytheon complex though. Maybe they can have mixers.