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WORRIED THAT THEIR WAY OF LIFE IS THREATENED, ROCKY MOUNTAIN RESIDENTS FIGHT GROWTH

Greg Lopez gets lost when he drives around Parker, Colorado. And he's not from out of town--he's the mayor. Once a bedroom community, Parker is bursting with new streets and new residents--and is afflicted with a new sense of dislocation. From the steps of town hall, newly constructed grayish buildings can be seen spattered across a nearby hillside; at the town's outer limits, the wooden skeletons of half-built houses are strewed along the landscape. In five years, Parker's population has doubled, to 10,000. Last February local voters reacted to the boom by passing one of the toughest antigrowth initiatives in the...

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