Archive | May, 2012

Crime in Stockton: the role of smart growth

During my recent trip home to Stockton, I noticed that crime was the topic of conversation with nearly everyone I talked with. Cousins, aunts and uncles, friends all at some point discussed how crime was getting out of control. And it’s true; Stockton is facing a huge problem with spiraling crime rates. As dismaying as […]

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Forbes’ folly: why the Most Miserable City rankings are useless

In recent weeks I have addressed how Stockton is depicted in national “rankings.” I looked at Gallup’s obesity index as well as a study ranking Stockton at the bottom of the “Most Literate Cities” list. In both cases, I argue that the results are misleading: Gallup’s rating seems to vary widely year to year and […]

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Infill is in, sprawl is out. Will Stockton developers follow national trends?

I came across a story today in the Record that caught my attention. A Sacramento architect, David Mogavero, gave a talk to members of the city’s Climate Action Plan Advisory Committee in which he pretty much said everything I have ever said in this blog, reaffirming the smart-growth sentiments I continue to espouse. You can […]

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City adopting SCL’s bright idea

In a post last week, I discussed how switching to energy-efficient bulbs in street lighting could net the city big savings. Yesterday, the city announced a program to do just that. I am going to go ahead and take all of the credit for this move (not really).

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Site plan of Grupe's Southpointe project as shown in the Greater Downtown Housing Strategy

Downtown waterfront deserves better than Grupe condo plan

Back in 2006 when the housing industry was humming, there was a proposal in place to finally develop real housing downtown. Grupe Co., long known for building communities on the northern boundaries of Stockton, had plans to construct condos on the southwest shore of the waterfront. When these plans first came to fruition, I, like […]

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Simple Fix: Change the light bulbs in street lights

It’s no secret that the city of Stockton is facing some tough choices in terms of finances. In the weeks and months to come, city leaders and stakeholders are going to have to make some very difficult decisions on how to reign in the city’s budget. Luckily, there are some policies that are no-brainers in […]

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Research shows that uninviting streets in car-dependent neighborhoods, such as this one in North Stockton, foster negative attitudes in children towards their communities

How Stockton’s car-dependent growth shapes the way children feel about the city

As most people who grew up in Stockton in the last 30 years know, you have to drive to get anywhere. Haircut. Dentist appointment. Ice cream. Bank deposit. You name it, you are driving there. As it turns out, this car-first attitude could have a detrimental effect on how children growing up in Stockton feel […]

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Burns Tower on the campus of UOP

If UOP is serious about helping the community, officials should consider a Live Near Your Work program

As the only four-year college in the city, the University of the Pacific has recently taken steps to forge a stronger bond with the city and its residents. By all accounts, the university has become a strong community player through initiatives such as its Beyond Our Gates programs, encouraging student volunteerism and even having the […]

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Cesar Chavez Library downtown

If you can read this, you are from Stockton and you are literate

As noted in a previous article, Stockton seems to have a penchant for having dubious titles bestowed upon it. However, as someone who does research for a living, I have noticed that these rankings and titles are usually not methodologically sound, which leads to misleading characterizations of cities. Today, I would like to tackle the […]

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