These days it seems
that population growth is on the minds of everyone in the Central Valley.
Workshops, conferences, think tanks, and alliances are taking on the
issues of livable cities, the New Urbanism, sprawl, stagnation, smart
growth and no growth.
In a flurry of planning
over land use, everyone -- from the smallest farmer to the most seasoned
legislator -- is grappling with issues associated with growth. In a
region where a population of five million people will increase to 10
million in a generation, the issue of growth is understandably a hot
In this edition
of "New Valley" we'll see how three centers of urban growth
are doing as they plan their futures, and how their pasts and presents
have changed because of an expanding populace. This is our New
Valley: Boom or Bust.