ANCHORAGE — Scores of semi trucks rumble past on Fifth and Sixth avenues. Overhead is a near-constant buzz of airplanes that take off and land at nearby Merrill Field. Across the street are neon signs for check cashing, a fried chicken restaurant, a bar and luxury auto dealers.
Inside a tall black fence on a hot August morning, residents of Karluk Manor sat among vibrant patio flowers. Some slowly strolled the grounds using canes, walkers or wheelchairs, others sat in the smoking area. If they wanted, residents could retreat to the privacy of their room to drink.