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The Atlas of California: Mapping the Challenge of a New Era

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California is at a crossroads. For decades a global leader, inspiring the hopes and dreams of millions, the state has recently faced double-digit unemployment, multi-billion dollar budget deficits and the loss of trillions in home values. This atlas brings together the latest research and statistics in a graphic form that gives shape and meaning to these numbers. It shows a new California in the making, as it maps the economic, social, and political trends of a state struggling to maintain its leadership and to ...

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Overview

California is at a crossroads. For decades a global leader, inspiring the hopes and dreams of millions, the state has recently faced double-digit unemployment, multi-billion dollar budget deficits and the loss of trillions in home values. This atlas brings together the latest research and statistics in a graphic form that gives shape and meaning to these numbers. It shows a new California in the making, as it maps the economic, social, and political trends of a state struggling to maintain its leadership and to continue to offer its citizens the promise of prosperity.

Among the world’s largest economies, California is the nation’s agricultural powerhouse, high tech crucible and leader in renewable energy. The state is the most populous and most diverse state in the continental U.S. Yet its infrastructure is coming under increasing pressure. Water supply systems are strained, the legendary highways are over capacity, and the celebrated system of public schooling is unable to offer affordable quality education at all levels. Health and welfare services, particularly for the poor, needy, disabled, and seniors, are at great risk.

This indispensable resource gives readers the tools they need to understand the transformation as California attempts to forge a new identity in the midst of unprecedented challenges.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
11/15/2013
What's the true picture of California? Often, the rather hazy focal point of the American Dream, the Golden State gets the "reality" treatment in this atlas that brings together the latest research and statistics in a largely graphic form. In ten concise chapters, Walker (professor emeritus, geography, Univ. of California, Berkeley) and Lodha (computer science, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz) provide pithy commentary and full-color charts, maps, and other key visuals to detail California's fascinating demographic, economic, and environmental composition and discuss its singular opportunities and challenges. A sources list is provided. VERDICT A vibrant statistical snapshot of this myth-inspiring U.S. state.—Judy Quinn, formerly with Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520272026
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 10/4/2013
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 356,542
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Walker is Professor Emeritus of Geography at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of many books, including The Conquest of Bread and The Country in the City.
Suresh K. Lodha is Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Cruz and coauthor of The Atlas of Global
Inequalities.

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