Urban Growing Pains

Denver decides to take off, but booming Seattle hunkers down

It was a slambang political fight, complete with barrages of print and TV ads, one crafted by George Bush's campaign guru Roger Ailes. Colorado Governor Roy Romer and Denver Mayor Federico Pena politicked incessantly around town. When the vote came in, several hundred giddy campaign workers shouted themselves hoarse in a jammed downtown hotel ballroom. The turnout, 41% of registered voters, would have been respectable for a congressional or gubernatorial election. In fact, the balloting was a special election in which Denver residents last Tuesday voted 63% to 37% to build a $2.3 billion new airport -- the first to be...

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