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Sheffield's clean slate.

Britain's fifth-largest city has its own purpose-built airport

A public inquiry into whether London's Heathrow Airport should have a fifth terminal closed recently after lasting four years. The proceedings cost [pounds]80 million ($130 million) and no fewer than 734 people gave evidence. The British do love a hassle over their airports, and so it was remarkable that the new facility serving this northern industrial city, the fifth-largest municipality in Britain and famous for its steel, went through on the nod, without a banner or protest march in sight.

Jobs were the key. As anybody who saw the wildly successful film "The Full Monty," set in Sheffield, knows, the coal mines have closed and the steel works, although still going full blast, laid off thousands of workers as they became more efficient. …

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