The Land: Vaguely Realizing Westward

Triple-riveted into the American Dream is a shining picture called The Little Gray Home in the West. And nowhere is it shinier than in real estate brochures aimed at retirement-age oldsters. Sadly, in all too many cases, the grass and sparkling water, recreational facilities and well-paved roads of Retirement Land are only so much printer's ink. Items:

> Hawaiian Ocean View Estates was advertised as a 10,000-acre development on a "gentle slope" near both ocean and golf courses. What the developers did not say was that much of the slope was lava from Mauna Loa volcano, the beach was 25...

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