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, social, and political center of the Napa Valley, Napa is affected by wine production as much as any of its smaller sister cities. By the mid-1970s, demand for housing was already threatening the grape-growing lands surrounding the city of Napa. Spurred by the expan- sion of government services, including health and education, the city's population more than doubled between 1960 and 1975. What had been a small rural city was transformed into a subregional retailing and distribu- tion center. Highway connections between Napa and other Bay Area cen- ters were

sensitive lands. But Santa Rosa has already taken steps in that direction. The city has designated an urban limit line around it and is attempting to prevent further sprawl or, as it is called, "scatteration." These efforts may help counteract the frequent call for growth management. Napa's transition to open-space preservation was predictable, since the county's economy is so completely dependent on winemaking and vine- yards. Once the alarm was first sounded over the conversion of grape- growing land to residential developments early in the 1960s, it was easy to