National Geographic : 1988 Mar
A STAGGERING 14,000 residentialproper ties-15 percentof the total-aregoing begging, with out-of-work Anchoragites unable to pay mortgages. One of every 12 housing units is a mobile home, and 7,800 of them, with a vacancy rate of 20 percent, sprawl across the city. FormerMayor Tony Knowles fought for greener vistas, such as the CoastalTrail he bicycles with his chil dren (below). His final term expired last year, but congressionaland gubernatorial seats may offer targets in 1988 and 1990.