Fairs: What the Matter Can Be

"The contribution of this Fair to our times and our city in the end will be measured not by the clicking of turnstiles, but by the effect it has had on thinking people of all ages." So pronounced World's Fair President Robert Moses last week in a report to the Fair's directors. Freely translated, Moses was admitting that the Fair would never make any money.

Instead of clicking faster than they did the year before, the turnstiles are revolving as sluggishly as a windmill on a calm day. Some skeptics predict that the Fair may end up as much as...

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