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Below is some general information about Palm Springs:
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, within the Coachella Valley. It is located approximately 37 miles (60 kilometres) east of San Bernardino, 111 miles (179 kilometres) east of Los Angeles, 136 miles (219 kilometres) northeast of San Diego, and 269 miles (433 kilometres) west of Phoenix, Arizona. The population was 44,552 at the 2010 census. Golf, swimming, tennis, horseback riding, biking, and hiking in the nearby desert and mountain areas are major forms of recreation in Palm Springs.
The city became a fashionable resort in the 1900s when health tourists arrived with conditions that required dry heat. In 1906 naturalist and travel writer George Wharton James’s two volume The Wonders of the Colorado Desert described Palm Springs as having “great charms and attractiveness”:278–281 and included an account of his stay at Murray’s hotel. As James also described, Palm Springs was more comfortable in its microclimate because the area was covered in the shadow of Mount San Jacinto to the west and in the winter the mountains block cold winds from the San Gorgonio pass. Early illustrious visitors included John Muir and his daughters, U.S. Vice President Charles Fairbanks, and Fanny Stevenson, widow of Robert Louis Stevenson; still, the hotel was closed in 1909 and torn down in 1954.
Similar to the pre-war era, Palm Springs remained popular with the rich and famous of Hollywood, as well as retirees and Canadian tourists. Between 1947 and 1965, the Alexander Construction Company built some 2,200 houses in Palm Springs effectively doubling its housing capacity. As the 1970s drew to a close, increasing numbers of retirees moved to the Coachella Valley. As a result, Palm Springs began to evolve from a virtual ghost town in the summer to a year-round community. Businesses and hotels that used to close for the months of July and August instead remained open all summer. As commerce grew, so too did the number of families with children. The recession of 1973–1975 impacted Palm Springs as many of the wealthy residents had to cut-back on their spending. Later in the 1970s numerous Chicago mobsters invested $50 million in the Palm Springs area, buying houses, land, and businesses. While Palm Springs faced competition from the desert cities to the east in the later 1980s, it has continued to prosper into the 21st century.
Tourism is a major factor in the city’s economy with 1.6 million visitors in 2011. The city has over 130 hotels, numerous bed & breakfast inns and over 100 restaurants and dining spots. In the economic recession of the late 2000s/early 2010s, Palm Springs is revitalizing its Downtown or “the Village”. Rebuilding started with the demolition of the Bank of America building in January 2012, with the Desert Fashion Plaza scheduled for demolition later in 2012. The movement behind Mid-Century modern architecture (1950s/60s era) in Palm Springs is backed by architecture enthuasists, artistic designers and local historians to preserve many of Central Palm Springs’ buildings and houses of famous celebrities, businessmen and politicians.
Palm Springs has a mostly hot, and usually dry climate, with over 300 days of sunshine and around 4.83 inches (122.7 mm) of rain annually. The winter months are warm, with daytime highs often between 73 °F and 86 °F (23–30 °C) and corresponding nighttime lows of 50 °F to 60 °F (10–16 °C) while the coolest days tend to average from 62 °F to 71 °F (17–22 °C), and corresponding nights falling to the mid 40s °F (7–9 °C). The lowest temperature recorded is 19 °F (−7.2 °C), on January 22, 1937. Summer often sees daytime temperatures between 106 °F (41.1 °C) and 112 °F (44.4 °C), with overnight lows ranging from 77 °F (25.0 °C) to 90 °F (32.2 °C). The mean annual temperature is 74.7 °F (23.7 °C). There are 180 days with a high reaching 90 °F (32.2 °C), and 100 °F (37.8 °C) can be seen on 116. The highest temperature on record in Palm Springs is 123 °F (50.6 °C), recorded on several occasions. A low of 105.1 °F (40.6 °C), was recorded on July 13, 1985, one of the highest nighttime lows recorded on earth.
Source: Palm Springs on Wikipedia