This is a really interesting article…

– Jeremy

By Garth Stapley
Modesto Bee


Fascinating growth issues around Modesto are capturing the fancy of scholars in places such as Illinois, New York and even Paris.

Interest in rampant sprawl before the recession has evolved into morbid curiosity at the valley’s subsequent foreclosure scourge. Other nonvalley academics are drawn by misery and lack of representation in poor neighborhoods resulting from past land-use decisions.

“The valley is a great laboratory,” said David Hosley, president of the Great Valley Center based in Modesto. “Because the Central Valley is so large and is growing so quickly, we are a great place to study what works and what doesn’t when it comes to development.”


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