American Dream turns to economic nightmare

Economy
As housing boomed in the Inland Empire during the 2000s, prices also rose further east across the mountain passes in High Desert communities such as Victorville. There’s still land available for development, but little demand for new houses now.
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Economy
Southern California’s Inland Empire has the second-highest unemployment in the country for a metropolitan area with more than 1 million people -- 13.4 percent (September 2011). Only Las Vegas is higher. Job loss and the housing crash have devastated retailers on this commercial strip in Fontana, Calif.
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