Up from Ultimate Urban Dystopia

Up from Ultimate Urban Dystopia, by William Frey, details some descriptions of growth in Los Angeles and Southern California.

A lot of the people coming here are educated and help the economy to grow, by doing well-paid, complex work. Despite this, LA's poverty rate is higher than the national average, and some of the highest percentages of people without high-school educations. In other words, our current policies are fostering a split economy of haves and have-nots. (I added this last part. The author seems to be a conservative. Probably doesn't like the phrase "incipient class war.")

The article suggests that improved education is in order.

Like Dickens said, it was the best of times, and it was the worst of times.