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From: James Schipper
Re: Joe Guzzardi's Column: California's Sprawl Driven By Population Growth (Which Is Driven By…)
Since France is one of the least crowded countries in Europe, by no means can the U.S. be called a crowded country by international standards.
Of course, that does not prove that it is beneficial for Americans to take in more immigrants, if only because immigrants nowadays settle in urban areas.
This is true even of countries like Canada which have so much empty space. About 40 percent of immigrants that come to Canada settle in the Greater Toronto Area. About 75 percent end up in the five largest cities.
Joe Guzzardi replies: Schipper makes a good point about my use of Italian-American. I frequently write the phrase—I suppose because it reads better than "an American of Italian heritage"— but never verbalize it. What I assure Schipper is that all Guzzardis, who now span three generations in the U.S., have never been anything except proud Americans from day one.