Federal census results released Friday show tremendous growth in Imperial County, and the numbers show no cities in our area are growing faster than Calexico and Imperial.
With growth comes planning issues, and if planning is not done properly, growth can become ugly. We see that at certain places around the Imperial Valley, Mexicali and certainly Los Angeles.
So it is good to hear that Rich Inman, city manager in Calexico, wants to see orderly and planned growth in Calexico and is trying to set up a system that would make that happen. Fortunately, Calexico has not yet been a major victim of the ugly sprawl that has plagued other areas. For the most part, Calexico's growth in recent years has been done with quality and aesthetics in mind. Much of that good fortune may have been pure luck.
What Inman wants to do, and what other cities in the Valley might consider doing if they haven't started, is set up a plan for what the city wants.