I was watching a documentary on uranium last week and the host spent a segment in Chernobyl, wandering through the notoriously ruined city. It has a terrible beauty - birds flew through the air, trees and grass grew up through the empty streets and all the while, building windows stared back, devoid of life. It's a cue the set designers for "I Am Legend" surely were inspired by - the post-apocalyptic urban space with nature returned; man spurned. I've always wondered what it would be like to walk in a place like that - architecture and infrastructure sprawling out in all directions with no one around.


In a recent late afternoon visit to the new township of Esencia in Rancho Mission Viejo, I got my wish in a slightly surreal parallel universe version…

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