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A Klinkenborg in LA

klink.jpgRebounding from yesterday’s pseudo-profound Bruce Wagner opinion piece, the NY Times Op-Ed section publishes a genuinely smart look at Los Angeles by Verlyn Klinkenborg. Sounds like Klinkenborg (which, by the way, is a really fun name to type. Try it!) has been chatting with his exurb-obsessed section-mate David Brooks:

I happen to have spent the past few months on the edge of one of the fastest-growing counties in a region called, nowadays, the Inland Empire. It looks as though a giant walked the landscape, and wherever he set foot a big-box retail mall sprang up from the earth and around it streets and streets of houses built by enormous corporations. The houses crawl over the hills and up to the edges of ravines. They roll over the desert and infringe upon the wetlands and grasslands. And yet the people who occupy them are still surprised that theirs was not the last development.

Read it now, before the NYT starts charging for Op-Ed access!

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