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Old 01-13-2007, 02:52 PM
Location: santa cruz
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I could agree the population kept growing, but not the economy. The article clearly states leaders had to diversify the economy due to military cut backs, this didnt just happen on its own people had to make it happen.The biotech industry didnt just pop up in san diego one day, people had to attract the industry to san diego. San diego wasnt connectted back than to la via orange county like it is now, so people really had to get people to want to go start businesses out there. It took alot of straitshooting and no bs politics. I think you are just confused because they did it so quickly and efficiantly somthing not seen in chicago anymore.

I think the reason rust belt cities never recoverd is because certian groups in power had a vested interest in making money from the outsourced manufacturing industry.

The difference with san diego is that its navy still has the largest fleet there and the industry is still alive in kicking.The article i provide clearly states all though now biotech is the strongest thing they have got going
(thanks to the legal patenting of intellectual property rights and UCSD)
national defense is still a major employer. Probably the second major employer behind boitech.

So where are we..back to my origional arguement basically. Which is that up until 20 maybe 30 years ago san diego was mainly a navy town. With the navy and other national defense industries providing a bulk of the jobs.(Ever wonder why an area as nice and safe as san diego is some how cheaper than la and always has been historiclly?well theres your answer, the large population of military workers needed more affordable housing.) Now things have changed and biotech industry over the last 30 years has come into play and the city has more of a white collar immage, but san diego still clings to its navy town roots. Ironically enough my one roomates from college and was from the san diego suburbs (lakeside) said both of her parents were retired navy.
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