'Urbane Future' For California's Inland Empire

Southern California's Inland Empire, once a blue-collar bedroom community, is transforming itself with upscale housing, new amenities, and jobs. "
April 17, 2006, 9am PDT | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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"The Inland Empire's era as just a quiet bedroom community is ending.

The region, often seen as a manufacturing and transportation hub, with less-expensive homes for those willing to commute to Los Angeles and Orange counties, is rapidly moving beyond its blue-collar roots into a more urbane future.

Increasingly, Western Riverside and San Bernardino counties are featuring the type of upscale houses, stores and entertainment long found in Los Angeles and other coastal enclaves. White-collar professionals such as Entner are finding attractive jobs there, no longer commuting westward. Tall office buildings are sprouting, along with more $1-million-plus homes.

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Published on Sunday, April 16, 2006 in The Los Angeles Times
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