The Endangered Dream

The land of golden opportunity is becoming a land of broken promises

The contours of California's endangered dream reach north to Seattle, where Dr. Bill Portuese, 32, a facial plastic surgeon, moved in July because "there is no way I was going to raise a family in Beverly Hills."

And to the foot of Mount Hood in Oregon, where Lila Foggia, 44, a former Hollywood studio vice president, now fishes for steelhead outside her family's forest-shaded house on the bank of the Salmon River and exults, "God, I love living among normal people."

And to La Jolla near San Diego, where Bennett Greenwald, 49, a developer who runs his own $50 million company...

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