Americana: Building the Past

So many new buildings are rising across the nation that the volume of construction during the present decade will exceed everything built in America since the Revolutionary War. At the same time, more and more Americans are concerned that progress should not destroy America's heritage. From New Hampshire to Hawaii, New Orleans to Kodiak, Alaska, New York City to Ord, Neb., history hawks are fluttering against the wrecker's ball. Often their efforts are too little—but less and less are they too late.

They have found a champion in James Biddle, 38, new president...

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