HIGH DESERT HOPES
Drawn by the promise of affordable housing, thousands put down roots in arid Hesperia. But long-term security proved an illusion.
By Thomas Curwen, Los Angeles Times
June 26, 2010
First of two parts
Dirt is cheap in the Victor Valley, and amid tumbleweeds and rabbit brush, Joshua trees and juniper bushes, home developments rise up like islands where the desert has been rolled back.
About 300,000 people call this region home. Baked in the summer, frozen in winter, it is scoured by winds that sweep down the mountains — and yet they come, drawn by what they can’t find elsewhere in Southern California: the promise of large and affordable houses in clean and safe neighborhoods.
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