A depression-headed recession, smog, Heidi and Spencer, an insanely high cost of living, the Web-generated realization that people are still just people no matter the latitude, have all led to the fact that the allure of California is fading quicker than a Pacific sunset. Hell, Becks doesn’t even want to be here for more than six months.
As a recent immigrant to the Golden State, I know that California has always held a special place in the hearts of Americans (and the Western World) as the final frontier. Cali has long been known as a place where you can discover yourself… while being discovered.
However, California no longer holds the same power over the distant dreamers across the eager globe. The sunny SoCal skies now appear gloomy and grey to those whose optimism has been replaced with realism.
Perhaps the sadness of Californication (the song, not the show) has finally set in, or maybe this is just a phase which will pass like a Hollywood fad… I mean come on, skinny jeans?
I know this piece is all but uplifting, but for the time being California is in a bit of a funk. The real question is… can it stage a comeback?
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Residents Vacate as California Allure Fades
By: Brian G Randles - Published: Jul 18, 2009 • References: msnbc.msn