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Summarizes research findings and policy implications regarding San Jose and its metropolitan area (Santa Clara County) to provide local officials with policy analysis and advice concerning the area's 20 years of rapid growth and the effects of such growth on the relative status of the Mexican-American minority. The dilemma presented by growth and urban "sprawl" is being resolved (1) by changes in economic and population growth--prosperity no longer depends on rapid growth, and the additional sprawl anticipated from projected growth seems acceptable to most local residents; and (2) by local policy, which has begun to exert some control over sprawl. Two decades of rapid growth have improved the absolute income levels of the minority population, but have done little or nothing to improve its relative status as compared to the majority. This situation, rather than the control of growth, may be the major problem in San Jose's future.

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