Wave of growth, planning in US

Communities face challenges as population nears 300 million

Animal control officer Sherry Smith last week handled a call to capture a squirrel loose in a pantry in Plano, Texas. The city is now building to its outer edges, encroaching on one of the few remaining habitats for wildlife.
By John Donnelly
Globe Staff / October 8, 2006

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PLANO, Texas -- In a matter of days, America's population will pass the 300 million threshold, marking a period where immigrants have arrived in numbers not seen for nearly a century and a time of explosive growth in suburbs such as this one north of Dallas. (Full article: 1470 words)

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