National Affairs: To the Dumps

"The town dump is just a nice place for people to meet, leave trash, vow eternal friendship and go their ways." So spoke Northeastern University's Professor Everett Marston of Duxbury, Mass, one day last week. Duxbury (pop. 4,280), like many upper-middle-income bedroom communities that sprawl around Boston, is the scene of a new form of social phenomenon—somewhat like the old town pump—that is coming to full flower in New England. In Duxbury's town dump, as in Lincoln's, Hingham's and Wayland's, local citizens who can well afford to pay for garbage removal prefer to...

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