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January 14, 2013
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — For most of its existence, Bakersfield has inhabited that awkward in-between place. Not as sophisticated as Los Angeles, just over the Tehachapi Mountains to the south, not as wealthy as its longtime economic rival Fresno, equidistant to the north.
But as many communities continue to struggle economically, good things are happening in this place best known for endless oil fields and the “Bakersfield Sound” — a twangy style of steel guitar music made popular by hometown country crooners Buck Owens and Merle Haggard.
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