Paradise Lost: High-Tech in Orange County

Orange County boosters envisioned an oasis for high-tech firms. But high-tech firms have a negative impression of suburbia.

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July 10, 2000, 4:30 AM PDT

By Laura Kraft


Industrial and business parks dot Orange County. It's got a prestigious university (UC Irvine), and plenty of money. Yet Orange County is finding itself losing high-tech firms to other areas. "Orange County's a snooze. Its suburban neighborhoods and slower pace may be great for old-line industries such as banking and real estate, they said. But they're turnoffs to new-economy companies, which prefer the creative chaos, Internet speed and chutzpah of Hollywood and San Francisco." High-tech, it turns out, has a negative impression of suburbia.

Thanks to Laura Krafft

Sunday, July 9, 2000 in The Los Angeles Times

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