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Urban Growth

May 09, 1999

* William Fulton's analysis of intensifying urban growth pressures in Southern California (Opinion, May 2) sheds light on important challenges for our region. He correctly points to escalating citizen movements to preserve "quality of life" and resist massive and high-density urban encroachment. However, to speak of only "scraps" of land available for urbanization may be misleading on two scores.

Acreages in Riverside and San Bernardino and northern L.A. counties are extensive and, over time, could grow into strong satellite metropolises if developed with dispersed airport and high-speed rail systems. It is also possible that growth will then continue to further distribute into a wider "galaxy" of linked metropolises extending into the Central Valley, Nevada, Arizona and Mexico.

The question is whether we will proactively address these opportunities or fight a rear-guard battle based on false assumptions of our limitations.

FRANK E. HOTCHKISS

Laguna Niguel

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