Environment: Week's Watch

The obvious solution to the noise problem plaguing city and suburban residents is to muffle the noisemakers. Los Angeles officials, however, are doing just the opposite: they are removing the people from the noise. After a series of angry antinoise demonstrations last summer by citizens who live in three middle-and upper-middle-class neighborhoods near Los Angeles International Airport, the city decided the best bet would be to buy up the homes and dispose of them. The cost of getting rid of 1,936 dwellings, some with swimming pools, will be $300 million, making this suburban removal project one of the most costly in...

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