GREECE: A City Is Dying

Smog-smothered Athens

Stinking buses, their passengers gaunt, pale and weary, jam the crowded streets. Drivers shout at one another and honk their horns as they turn the city's few escape routes into ribbons of steel. Smog smarts the eyes and chokes the senses. The scene is Athens at rush hour. The city of Plato and Pericles is in a sorry state of affairs, built without a plan, lacking even adequate sewerage and sanitation facilities, hemmed in by mountains and the sea, its 135 sq. mi. crammed with 3.7 million people. Even Athens' ruins are in ruin: sulfur dioxide eats away...

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