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Monday, November 28, 2005

Central Valley Brain Drain

An LA Times article sent to me by a friend: Fresno's Brain Drain Has Left the Town Smarting

California's vast Central Valley is one of the world's most fecund farming regions, but its vast agricultural fields separate midsize cities known for smog and sprawl from rural enclaves bursting with new immigrants.

Fresno, the largest city in the region, has far to go as an economic hub. Just last month, the Brookings Institution gauged Fresno as having the worst concentrated poverty in America. With 43.5% of its poor living in "extreme-poverty neighborhoods," Fresno even beat out No. 2 New Orleans with the depth of its misery. And Fresno, Kern and Tulare counties rank in the top 10 in America for the percentage of adults without a high school diploma, according to a 2002 report by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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