Sprawl Pushes Homes Into Vulnerable Locations

California's fire disaster is a reminder that development in the state is headed in the wrong direction.
November 4, 2003, 10am PST | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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"We push the envelope in California, home to 35 million people, most of them in the Southland, which has no water. We build on earthquake faults, floodplains and ocean cliffs. Ocean views are worth millions until homes collapse into the sea... What is California to do? People keep coming (50 million projected for 2020)...too many people crowding into rural eco-systems unable to support them. We have built the wrong way in California, sprawling into the mountains, deserts and coastlines, letting inner-city cores disintegrate..."

Thanks to Michael Dudley

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Published on Monday, November 3, 2003 in The San Diego Union-Tribune
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