High desert living in Victorville offers outstanding opportunities for plentiful, secure employment, home ownership, higher education, safe neighborhoods and nearby desert, lake and mountain recreation. Victorville has 20 parks, two municipal golf courses, highly rated schools, truly affordable housing and so much more…
—City of Victorville Economic Development Dept., 2006
Yes, a lot more… In just three years, it’s developed one of the highest unemployment rates in California, a respectably high crime rate, twice the number of parolee residents than any other city in the county, a half-dozen jails and penitentiaries, the worst high school dropout rate in the country and a whole lot of liquor stores.
Oh, and then there are the ghetto birds. They buzz rooftops on an almost daily basis, blaring descriptions for criminals on the loose from a megaphone. If this isn’t the ideal suburban lifestyle, I don’t know what is.
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