The Nation: Wichita: A Pocket of Prosperity

There are still a few sunny pockets of prosperity to be found in the U.S. despite the deepening shadow of recession afflicting most of the nation. One of these is Wichita, Kans. (pop. 262,000). Here the news remains almost too good to be true: in October unemployment dropped from 3.2% to an even 3%, less than half the national average. The board of education recently approved a $30 million school-building program, and a $14 million city hall is under construction. Along Topeka Street east of the Little Arkansas River nearly every one of the...

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