Archive | April, 2012
This picture of Eight Mile Road illustrates the choice Stockton has to make between farmland and development

As population shifts back into cities, will Stockton follow suit?

“Never let a serious crisis go to waste.” These famous words were uttered by then White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel in 2009 in reference to the economic crisis. To some, this comment seemed crass: millions faced layoffs and foreclosures as the United States—and the world’s—economy was crashing hard. But Emanuel was not purely […]

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Joe Minicozzi does Modesto

Fans of the site know about my earlier article referring to Joe Minicozzi, the developer who discovered that dense development brings in tax dollars at a more efficient rate than less-dense development on the edges of cities (you can find the post here). Turns out, Minicozzi was just in Modesto to discuss his work and […]

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Stockton: Fat City? Probably not

2010 was not a good year for the City of Stockton in terms of titles as we were named most miserable, most illiterate* and most obese. If you look at these dubious distinctions, you probably come to the conclusion that Stockton is not a nice place to live. How could three reputable studies all separately […]

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Want to improve your property value? Plant a tree

Probably one of the best aspects of living in Stockton is the city’s trees. Stockton was once named “Best Tree City” by Sunset magazine and at one time planted 2,500 new trees each year. Sadly, I think Stockton’s trees are also taken for granted. Everyone knows that our trees provide for pleasant streets in older […]

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Stockton City Limits now on Facebook!

Readers, Thank you for supporting the site, I have been overwhelmed with the interest and support so far. Due to the overwhemingly positive response I have gotten, I have set up a Facebook page to reach an even broader audience. You can “like” Stockton City Limits here, or simply click on the “like” button on […]

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Stockton's Walk Score map, with green indicating more walkable communities

Walk Score and housing values: an argument for downtown housing in Stockton

I once had a conversation with a family member about living in North Stockton. She loved the house, but noted that trying to get groceries is like “going in to town.” Her comments were not that far from reality, as the nearest grocery store is about seven miles away on Hammer Lane. But it’s not […]

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Right to Rent: an alternative to foreclosure

In Stockton, pretty much everyone knows someone who has had to deal with being underwater. The city has consistently ranked near the top in national foreclosure lists, jostling with Las Vegas for this infamous title year after year. Foreclosures are a blight on Stockton, a problem for banks and a nightmare for the families who […]

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Sprawl satirized

I am working on a piece about the decline of sprawl and return to the city nationwide, but I stumbled upon this cartoon in the Washington Post that I thought was very timely and topical given the content of this site. Enjoy.

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Downtown development: Stockton’s sleeping cash cow

10 years ago, when a parade of cement mixers, bulldozers and construction workers were streaming into the open space just west of Interstate 5 off of Eight Mile Road, most people thought the impending development would result in a financial windfall for Stockton. Spanos’ mammoth shopping center and sprawling subdivisions would bring much needed tax […]

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