After a long fall, Antelope Valley is back on upswing - latimes.com
This L.A. Times article discusses the revival of blighted exurban Privatopia 65 miles from Los Angeles that like many such locations was decimated by foreclosures and unfinished homes and infrastructure when the real estate bubble burst.
But these communities on the distant edges of metro areas continue to have downside risk that makes them inherently economically unsustainable: so-called super commutes. "You used to be able to afford to commute," Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris told The Times. "Now you can't. What good is it to have a cheaper house if you can't afford to get there?"