Topics

Jeff Denham
Critics fear bullet train will bring urban sprawl to Central Valley
Critics fear bullet train will bring urban sprawl to Central Valley

Against a rural tableau draped in a gray winter sky, a fleet of heavy, clawing earth movers rumbles back and forth across a fallow, 953-acre field that for decades produced bell peppers, carrots and alfalfa. Gossamer Grove, a planned development of 3,432 homes just north of Bakersfield between irrigation canals and a busy freight track, is among the largest residential projects in the Central Valley. A mix of housing styles starting at $250,000 is aimed at young, growing families on a budget, those looking for big yards and garages that can accommodate two or three cars. It's the sort of construction that many government officials, environmentalists and urban planners have been...

Loading