The Nation: Capital Choice

The city of Juneau (pop. 6,050) has been the capital of Alaska since 1900, and its site in the Panhandle of the state made it one of the Alaskan cities closest to the lower 48 states. But the modern era has made Juneau's once enviable position uncomfortably awkward.

Most of the 300,000 Alaskans now live in the northern portion of the state, the bulk of them around the two largest cities, Anchorage and Fairbanks. What is more, Juneau remains inaccessible over land to the rest of the state—it can only be reached by plane or boat.

If that were not enough, it is...

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