Environment: The Overlooked Cloverleaf

Residents of Manchester, Conn., were startled six years ago when they learned that a highway interchange proposed for Interstate 84 would munch up 50 acres of greenery that had been zoned for recreation near the center of town. The highway construction, the townspeople complained, would destroy three baseball diamonds, a football field, and a small playground and would take up space allotted for future recreational developments.

Rather than give in to the concrete invasion, as most other towns have done, Manchesterites reached a compromise with the contractors and the state highway department. The interchange would be built in the town as planned,...

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