RETAIL TRADE: Suburbs Unlimited

As boss of Seattle's $30-million-a-year Bon Marche department store, Kentucky-born Rex Liebert Allison, 39, was afraid that he wasn't getting his share of customers from the city's fast-growing population. Hemmed in on the south by its industrial district and on the east & west by Lake Washington and Puget Sound, Seattle was moving north, away from the old shopping area.

To find a way to reach the new Seattle citizens, Rex Allison in 1946 ordered an aerial photographic map of the entire north end. He pored over the map with pencil and compass, soon...

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