National Geographic : 2001 Jul
CARS RUS A chain of automobile retailers also provides a sign of the times (top). Since 1969 the number of cars and trucks in the U.S. has grown twice as fast as the population-a surge with broad impacts. Garages, once built out back, are now often in front (above), with 17 percent of new homes featuring three-car garages. While cities build more roads to handle the rush-hour crush, they're never enough. Atlanta's "Spaghetti Junction" (right) gives many com muters indigestion, driving some to seek alternatives such as company-subsidized vanpooling. "You get to work a lot less stressed," says Andrea Wall (top right). "It's a peaceful time."