Seoul Searching: Gridlock

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Wednesday, Mar. 7, 2001 | Koreans are sometimes said to be the Italians of Asia -- well, Seoul has little on Naples when it comes to traffic chaos. And it just keeps getting worse.

The Asia crisis three years ago was harsh on South Korea, crippling the economy and throwing countless people out of work. But the downturn had one very sweet upside -- the city's nightmarish traffic jams disappeared for a few months. Now Seoul is drowning in cars again, despite high gas prices, rising unemployment and a sluggish...