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Of agriculture and houses : urban growth in southwestern Riverside County

Population growth in Southern California throughout the decade of the 1980s brought about a furtherance in the augmentation of an already dynamic urban fringe to the east of the city of Los Angeles, and a continuing diminishment of local agricultural lands. Southwestern Riverside County has been directly affected by the population surge, and the resulting expansion of the urban realm of the Los Angeles metropolis. Urban proliferation and development are examined, as they relate to the consumption of formerly non-urban lands, from two perspectives: 1) A theoretical standpoint; and 2) An historical and geographical description of urban growth, and agricultural extenuation definitively related to Los Angeles. Former, remnant, and currently productive agricultural lands within the Los Angeles agglomeration are utilized as examples supporting_ or contradicting some common location theories. Through these perspectives urban growth in southwestern Riverside County during the 1980s is examined and related to suburban development coterminous to the Temucula Approved Viticultural Area. The result of these analyses demonstrates the antithetical nature of urban and agricultural landscapes, the competition for land between urban and agricultural usages along routes facilitating ease of movement, and the possibility for the maintenance of a heterogeneous landscape of wine grape vineyards and extensive urban development in the Temecula area. Also, the significance of zoning and preservation measures is discussed within the context of the unique, but not unusual, site and situation of southwestern Riverside County.

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