Environment: Avalanche over Lake Placid?

To a peaceful village, the Olympics promise crowds and turmoil

Lake Placid, N. Y., which played host to the Winter Olympics of 1932, has been chosen again for the 1980 Games. And after years of decay and decline, the little (pop. 2,800) Adirondack village is already experiencing a boom that could change the nature of the town forever. TIME Correspondent Peter Staler reports:

As early as 6 a.m., trucks and bulldozers start rumbling out along Route 86, breaking the winter silence. Hard-hatted construction workers, wrapped to the ears in wool and goose down, are sawing, hammering and pouring concrete. Land speculators in search...

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