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FEEL THE BURN

Never mind that police statistics for juvenile crimes such as graffiti don't back the city's argument. Never mind that other neighborhoods could better use the concentrated police activity. And most of all, never mind that the regulars at the rec center--a mixed bag of well-buffed colors and creeds--don't want to see any more wear and tear on their beloved facility.

"I've given this a lot of thought over the last few months," says DeGroot, who'd still like to see the police station at University and I-25 used as the southern center. "What works in one neighborhood might not work in another."

Martinez couldn't agree more. "When you have a patch of dandelions," she says, "you don't go across the street and spray a patch of good grass.

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