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A brief, informal discussion of recent progress in a RAND study to investigate the effects of growth — population, economic, and spatial — on life in the San Jose, California, area. On the basis of new data on the effects of economic slowdown in Seattle and further analysis, the author concludes that (1) slower growth does not have as deleterious effects as judged previously, (2) the less drastic the slowdown, the less painful are the required adjustments likely to be, and (3) that growth rates are now fairly stable does not indicate a trend; rapid and marked fluctuations could occur again.

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