3:24 p.m., February 17, 2012
Los Alamos, New Mexico, is home to the Manhattan Project, the World War II effort that created the Atomic Bomb and changed the world forever. Most people in modern-day Los Alamos seem embarrassed by the history and legacy of the community, even though most of them will swear that they are proud of what was done here; they just won’t tolerate any reminders of the past. In the last few years there has been a wholesale attempt to obliterate Los Alamos’ past and to rewrite its history into something other than the Birthplace of the Atomic Bomb. But if you look around, you can still find remnants of the town’s controversial history that remain under the radar of the Community Sanitizers. Here, near downtown Los Alamos, a very old sign at the boundary of a former Manhattan Project Site sits on a fence overgrown by 60 years of post-World War II life. This relic probably will be gone within a year and will be lost to the Revisionist History of “New Los Alamos”—in which community planners are working to “normalize” the community while making a profit at the same time.
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