Creating A 'Real' Place In Azusa, CA

How does a community developing a distinct identity and sense of place for itself?
June 15, 2003, 9am PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"Today, on the surface, Azusa blends with little distinction from the tract homes, apartments and commercial strips of the thirty other cities that two million San Gabriel Valley suburbanites call home. At first glance, it evokes the bleak side of older suburbs in geographer Joel Kotkin’s recent study of 'middopolis,' a landscape victimized by an 'ever-expanding metropolitan periphery that lures away residents, workers, and high-tech companies critical to growth in the new information age.' But below the surface, it is undergoing the kind of rebirth that Kotkin says is 'the key to securing a thriving economic and social future' by 'developing a distinct identity and sense of place.'"

Thanks to Simmons Buntin

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Published on Saturday, June 14, 2003 in Terrain
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