Exurbia: One Foot in the Air

One recent sunny Saturday, Vince Seville, 36, assistant professor of engineering at California's Fresno State College, looked up from the breakfast table and said to his wife: "Mom, pack us a lunch. Rusty here needs an outing to pass his Cub Scout test." An hour or so later Vince, Rusty, 8, Sandy, 6, and

Marty, 4, taxied off, while Mom waved goodbye from the front door.

They taxied not in a taxi, though, but in the Cessna 170 they keep in the backyard hangar. The neighbors find nothing odd about that. They have airplanes...

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