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even the most casual tourists, include miles of glass-and-concrete buildings fronting terminally jammed roads and rents and housing prices among the highest in the country. So far, the fact that Du Page officials have not studied., what happened in the Silicon Valley appears not to have caused much harm. The companies have tended to construct esthetically pleasing buildings on large campus-like properties with large open spaces.- But luck appears to have played a significant role in how the corridor developed, at least in its early stages before communities such as Naperville adopted stringent setback and open-space requirements for new office and research complexes. "I don't think anybody planned for the development that is already along the East-West corridor," Kirkpatrick said. "There were some things out there that attracted some companies and they chose to build campus-like buildings." "We got a little lucky," Romine said. "Amoco and AT&T did it right. We took advantage of that luck by adopting in our zoning laws some of the good characteristics they showed were possible. You can do all the planning you want, but you've got to have luck too." The biggest problem looming in the area is transportation, Du Page planners say. As fast as they can plot the expansion and .improvement of roadways to accommodate increased traffic, their plans are becoming outdated. The county's first long-range transportation plan, adopted in 1980, has already been largely fulfilled and is being updated, said Joseph Abel, county planning director. "We are reaching the point in Du Page where I think the public, will find we can do no more," said transportation planner Brent Coulter. "It's a delicate balance right now between what the system is able to handle and the density of the development. One or two new, very dense developments could tip the balance."