NEW ENGLAND: Bases for Sale

Up to 5,000 acres of land, largely open.

Cape Cod beaches within minutes.

Horse and hiking trails, bowling, swimming pools, gymnasium, 9-hole golf course, athletic fields...

It sounds like a land huckster's pitch for a vacation-home development—but the property touted happens to be Otis Air Force base, and the idyllic description occurs in a slick brochure mailed by the state of Massachusetts to 1,500 corporations round the world. The state has been driven to this bit of hard-sell real estate promotion by the necessity of cushioning the impact of a federal economy drive on...

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