Westward Ho

Bishop Berkeley's 18th century dictum "Westward the course of empire takes its way" was borne out again last week by a Commerce Department analysis of urban demographic trends. The department forecast that by the year 2000, Los Angeles will surpass New York as the nation's largest metropolitan area, and that San Francisco will overtake Bridgeport, Conn., as the country's wealthiest. Los Angeles, which by 1982 had swept past Chicago to gain Second City status, is expected to swell to 8,870,000 regional residents. The San Francisco area will drop from 27th to 28th in population, with 1,634,000, but will enjoy the highest...

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