As wealthy people claim the coastland, the inland areas of California have become the fastest growing regions in the state--and they represent the future, according to the Brookings Institution. Needed are environmental (inland=smoggy!) and agricultural measures, and jobs: "More than half the new arrivals are Latino, and many new residents are poor and significantly less educated, but employers aren't likely to relocate until there's a capable, high-skilled workforce in place."
Speaking of jobs and the economy: a somewhat related piece on why home ownership causes unemployment. According to the always-counterintuitive Slate, our houses need to have legs so we can move at a moment's notice.
· Inland areas called key to state's future [LA Times]
· The Renter's Manifesto: Why home ownership causes unemployment. [Slate]