New Mexico: The Suburb Without the Urb

Perched in remote splendor on a 7,300-ft. mesa between New Mexico's Jemez Mountains and the Pojoaque Valley, Los Alamos has neither rich nor poor among its 15,000 inhabitants.

It has no unemployment, practically no crime, few old people. It does have one big boss: the U.S. Government, which largely owns the city and is responsible for most of its payroll. Last week the residents of Los Alamos prepared for the community's greatest upheaval since it was founded in 1942 for the purpose of designing and producing the world's first atomic bombs. Beginning next...

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