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Nowhere Is Ready for This Heat

The Pacific Northwest is melting now, but all across America the infrastructure we have was built for the wrong century

Staying cool has been a struggle in Portland, where one in five residents lacks air-conditioning. Photo: Nathan Howard / Getty

By Robinson Meyer

The Portland Streetcar is 20 years old, making it relatively sprightly for infrastructure in the United States. Yet it was built for a different geological epoch. On…

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