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Lynwood, Calif.: New Urban Vision on the Horizon, if...

The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry. It's a time-honored line from John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men," a story of two displaced migrant ranch workers during the Great Depression in California. Life can truly imitate art, and you don't have to leave the state of California for proof, as the city of Lynwood, Calif. is living its own version "Of Mice and Men." That's because an ambitious, multi-dimensional economic redevelopment initiative could be severely pushed off track with a pen stroke. A proposal by new California Gov. Jerry Brown is seeking to abolish the 450 redevelopment agencies in the state, in a partisan debate that separates the state's Democrats from Republicans right down the middle. Gov. Brown's proposal to direct redevelopment funds to the state's General Fund is viewed as a cost-cutting maneuver in a state facing major budgetary problems. But the blatant "all or…Log In to Read Full Article

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