Government: Wooing the Plants

As Research Officer Herbert Kinney of the Atomic Energy Commission drove down the gaily decorated main street of Haverhill, Mass., not long ago an uneasy thought struck him. "I have a terrible feeling," he said to an aide "that all these flags are for us."

They were—and so was a lunch with 400 civic boosters. Their aim: to make Haverhill the site of a $375 million AEC atom-smashing accelerator and so gain 2,000 new jobs, 10,000 new residents and a $16 million-a-year payroll. Haverhill, one among 148 locations considered by AEC, is...

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