Portfolio — From the November 2012 issue

The Invisible Stimulus

In search of what Obama built

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From six stories above the corner of Cedar Street and Sixth Avenue, San Diego looked unaccustomedly quaint—an old-growth seaside town of mission-style churches and midcentury office towers strung along tidy streets leading down to a sunny harbor. The interstate, bane of the southern California metropolis, was just a block north, but on a Monday afternoon in early spring traffic was thin, so the freeway noise was hard-ly detectable. Since March, this 3,500-square-foot rooftop prospect has been a private reserve for tenants of the newly built Cedar Gateway Apartments. The residents, installed in sixty-five units, have full use of the building’s …

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QF3ISA26NELPK2NXX5CBPGAJRI vinnie

    Finally located this story online. I read and viewed the photos of stimulus projects. The most ridiculous one is the realignment and grouting of the Santa Maria River in California. $40 million for the feds to destroy a watershed!!! There are actually two rivers destroyed by the stimulus in this feature. The other is in Corona CA.
    Readers! Ask yourselves why $40 million in federal funds is used to *realign and grout” a river. Was the river in the wrong place? Was the river causing problems for local residents?
    OR…. did the river stand in the way of developers, such as KB Home? I already know the answer because I live in Southern Califiornia. Everything is about house-building here. The stimulus, the kick-start of the economy… all of this is built on development. The developers can even get the fed government to prep the land for them!

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