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The Dreams and Reality of the American West

Pacific Northwest Bureau Chief for the New York Times Timothy Egan. His two-part series on urban sprawl in the western United States recently appeared in the Times. Egan writes that cities like Las Vegas, Phoenix, Denver, and Salt Lake are growing rapidly, with growth going mostly unchecked. In Phoenix, he writes that land is being consumed at the rate of "an acre an hour." But in Portland, Oregon city officials over 20 years ago set up guidelines to control rampant growth. Because the city has the "strictest laws against urban sprawl in the nation" urban Portland is surrounded by forest, farms and open space.

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Other segments from the episode on January 8, 1997

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, January 8, 1997: Interview with Timothy Egan; Interview with Jonathan Raban; Review of Ellery Eskelin's album "The Sun Died."

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