How a city survives—lessons from Oklahoma City

The young saleswoman's face looked worried as she told me about a shooting in her neighborhood. "A year ago, I was ready to leave Boston for good," she said. "But where would I go? After the bombing in Oklahoma City, there's no city in the world where it's safe to live now!"

Then she leaned forward and told me the real reason she hadn't moved away. A girlfriend had asked her, "Why are you leaving? You should stand up for Boston." Somehow, after that, she just couldn't leave.

July 8, 1996

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