Atlanta: The Great Hippie Hunt

No major American city has been more eager to prove itself progressive than Atlanta. In eight short years under Mayor Ivan Allen Jr., civic leaders have successfully peeled away the old image of a sleepy Southern town, replacing it with that of a racially enlightened and artistically active city. The transformation has been profitable, luring outside investment and resulting in a phenomenal business expansion.

Atlanta has also acquired other symbols of metropolitan America: a flourishing colony of bearded and dungareed hippie youth and a visible coterie of homosexuals. Since June, police and...

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