A man gets out of his car at the doorstep of a luxurious house in Santa Clarita, with a click of a button; the car’s lights go out along with the hum of the engine. The front door opens by his mere presence, allowing him to enter the home with ease. Dinner is set on the fine, wood table; the smell of his favorite dish fills the house with an aroma of delight. The quality of the food, only met by its bountiful quantity; he finishes the meal a little later than he had originally anticipated and had missed his favorite television show; however, the pristine TV had the program, which had aired a half an hour ago, cued up on the screen and ready for watching.
A story was awakened before his eyes in perfect quality, like play behind glass. After the viewing he made his way to the master bedroom, passing the kitchen he had noticed the dishes were cleared and ready for use tomorrow. The bed was neatly made with his pajamas laid neatly atop; he made himself comfortable and fell asleep within minutes. An entire day of housework, completed without the man lifting a figure. But he did not have a staff, nor a wife and kids, or anybody to take care of him, except the house. A home right out of science fiction, a model of efficiency, the house of the future is becoming a reality, many say this type of living will be available to the public in less than ten years.
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In 1993, Dianne Van Hook, president and chancellor of College of the Canyons, was asked one simple question, “what will Santa Clarita be like in the year 2000?” After her interview, many other notable members of the community were asked the same question. Dianne’s original video can be seen here:
Others interviewed at the time were former Mayor Jan Heidt, former City Manager George Caravalho, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Henry Mayo Hospital, Santa Clarita Sheriff Department and the Santa Clarita Valley Association of Realtors. All of them gave quality insight on what our city would look like in seven years. Most of their dreams came to fruition, giving way for what the Santa Clarita Valley is today. See all the Santa Clarita in the year 2000 videos!
Santa Clarita in the year 2020 is thought to be a place different from the one in which we live. Local father, Roby Marshall says, in regards to his thoughts of Santa Clarita in the year 2020, “I think the carpool lane on the 5 freeway should be about half way done by then.”
But, in a realistic view, an aging population, slow decline of the birthrate and growing ethnic diversity will drastically change the face and spending behaviors of the consumer. With the growth of technology, it is estimated that the confectionary sales among teens is due for a decline, based on the fact that mobile phones are taking up the pocket money of these younger consumers. Pocket money is more likely to be spent on text messaging, rather than nonessential foods like candy. The Santa Clarita Town Center touched on the idea of marketing expansion and decrease in their interview.
It’s also assumed that the eventual retirement of the baby boomer generation will lower the size of the labor force. The number of people who will reach the retirement age of 66 will increase by nearly 100,000 each year throughout their retirement until the year 2030. However, the number of people who reach the age of 19 and enter the working force will actually decrease by 40,000 per year.
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School systems are expected to be ranged from highly advanced, technologically, and interactive when teaching children subjects involving hands on activities. William S. Hart School District was very interested in the idea of expanding their reach. With Valencia High School opening several years after the interview, it was apparent that their goals were not far off, as with many others who were asked the question. Watch the video here.
In another perception of our future, it is said that by the year 2025, more than half the families with children in the United States will be multi-cultural. Less than half of the population is predicted to be born non-Hispanic white, while Hispanics are expected to be the largest ethnic group. Asians, African and Caribbean Blacks, and other groups would make up significant portions of our population. These projections are a way to clearly see what our lives will be like with a multi-cultural society.
For all of the optimistic views, there are an equal amount of pessimistic ones. Some sources say that the economy will become a stagflation, with high inflation rates, slow economic growth and shockingly high unemployment, about 8 or 9 percent. In addition, the electric supply in the United States will become spotty and unreliable. The drastic fuel situation combined with the infrastructure problems will cause brownouts and even full blown black outs.
Bleak theories are everywhere, “Expansion of housing will decrease home value and lead to over population,” Betim Duraku, COC Student, said. “The pollution rate will increase as a result.”
Whether he is correct is inconclusive, but our future has the potential to follow in this idea. The Newhall Land and Farming Company talked about issues like this in their interview here.
The fate of our country and city in the year 2020 is uncertain. With many contradicting views and plethora of opinions, it could be left to interpretation. What one should make of these theories is purely a personal choice. Which path we choose to follow is up to us, as Americans. It would call for a team effort, to ensure that our future is secure.
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Source: Santa Clarita News