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Bookshelf: A look at local history books

Recently, local historian Hal Durian’s weekly “Riverside Recollections” column spotlighted several local history books, including the very popular photo history books from Arcadia Publishing. The Arcadia series includes several topics, including Images of America, Postcard History Series, Then & Now, Black America Series, Images of Sports, and Campus History Series. Locally, several communities have been…

Time to grow up

If population projections released this past week come to fruition, Riverside County will be the second most-populous county in California by 2050, ranking behind only behemoth Los Angeles County. The report, issued by the California Department of Finance — the folks responsible for statewide fiscal planning and demographics — says Riverside County can expect to…

Welcome race fans

For nearly 10 years, California Speedway in Fontana has been welcoming race fans to Inland Southern California. However, local officials admit Fontana — and the region as a whole — hasn’t fully capitalized on the racetrack’s success and popularity by giving fans something else to do while in town, particularly within the area immediately adjacent…

California Speedway

California Speedway

Opened in 1997, California Speedway in Fontana transformed a portion of the former Kaiser Steel Mill into a world-class racing facility. However, has the transformation spilled over into the neighboring areas, most of which are blighted industrial sites? A recent article in the Seattle Times takes a look at the successful impact — or lack…