Essay: GETTING THERE IS HARDLY EVER HALF THE FUN

THE year is 2067, a good century away—but the scene seems uncomfortably close to many Americans. In The People Trap, an ABC program to be shown next week, the U.S. population tops 1 billion. Just to stay alive takes a big dose of chutzpah, you shouldn't get trampled to death. What will most interest many Americans, though, is the time it takes to drive the four miles from Manhattan's Battery Park to Times Square: three weeks. Weeks? Today, some people can make it in nearly three hours. But there is nothing intrinsically unbelievable about...

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