The Nation: Safe Places

Escape has always been a dominant American theme. Today, however, it often suggests not pioneering, the expansive drive, but a quest for refuge —from crime, pollution, drugs. Thousands of Americans have emigrated to places like Canada, England, Spain and Australia. They might have looked closer to home, according to Safe Places, a guidebook assembled by a New York book editor named David Franke and his wife Holly.

The Frankes set out by car on a 20,000-mile tour of the nation and came up with a list of 46 communities where crime is low or nonexistent, the air is clean, the taxes moderate....

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