Magazines: Alarm Bells in the City

For years, expanding freeways have been stretching out around Seattle, gobbling up land from the suburbs to the center of the city. In rush-hour traffic, they disgorge far more cars than Seattle can handle. But neither newspapers nor city officials had made audible complaint—until last spring when a little-known, not-quite-two-year-old monthly magazine called Seattle warned its readers that they would soon be living in a "concrete phantasmagoria" unless the city stopped building freeways and began to concentrate on rapid transit. Alerted to the danger at last, Seattle's two newspapers, which had been busily promoting freeways, changed their minds...

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