Environment: A Brasilia for the North

Alaskans plan a new capital at the foot of Mount McKinley

It is an alpine valley of unparalleled beauty, a spruce-and-birch wilderness without roads or ski lifts or other signs of human intrusion. Only the howl of the wind—or of an occasional wolf—now disturbs the silence. But man is on the way. Last week the Alaska capital site planning commission chose the design of a new state capital to rise in the valley. Unless opponents of the plan develop unexpected new strength, this idyllic subarctic landscape will become a kind of Brasilia of the...

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