Once promoted as a resort on par with Palm Springs, the city today is
surrounded by Martian-like mountains, rotten stench of hydrogen sulfide,
thousands of dead fish and birds on the beach, and an unbearable heat
ruins of hotels, marinas, yacht clubs, and vast unfinished housing developments
questions ideas of modernization and unlimited progress of urban development.
dystopic concept, of a world in which immigrants can labor in America
but never live in, or become the responsibility, of American society,
is not only a bizarre twist on the American Dream; in some
ways this is the realization of the American Dream. The United States
has always benefited from the low wage (and sometimes free) labor
of recent immigrants, who are drawn to America, in part, by The Dream
of instant success..
marks the sesquicentennial of the California Gold Rush, which brought
vast changes to the Golden State. What began as a pristine western frontier
of the United States became a destination — both real and imagined
— for the entire nation and the world.
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