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Open Streets and Urbanization: Exploring Downtown Orange County

Known as "Downtown Orange County," the city of Santa Ana will be holding its first open streets event this fall.

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Eric Brightwell is a writer, map maker, and an explorer of neighborhoods. He writes at Amoeblog, and his maps can be viewed at Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography.
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