Paradise Lost: High-Tech in Orange County
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