Happy Tuesday, everyone. No new content today, though some interesting news and notes caught my attention in the last week that I think deserve some attention:
What could a waterfront community look like?
Last week there was a lot of talk about the waterfront. Specifically, Mike Fitzgerald wondered why the waterfront still sits mostly idle, and his readers provided plenty of comment fodder. I responded with an idea to develop the waterfront into a mixed-use community. But what would this kind of development look like? While people like myself and Fitzgerald write about what could be built, someone has actually sketched out these ideas. A firm called Racestudio helped the city develop the Waterfront and Fremont Neighborhood Master Plan in 2008-2009 which features some renderings of how waterfront development could play out. The plan depicts the area as a vibrant, thriving neighborhood with a mixture of restaurants, offices, parks, apartments and
townhomes along or near the water. I mostly like what Racestudio came up with, and I think this higher density, mixed-use approach is the right attitude to have for the waterfront (although the Grupe Southpointe townhomes continue to be part of this plan, which I have previously criticised as being too exclusive). At the very least, this plan presents some images of what the waterfront could one day look like, which gives optimists such as myself some hope.
Dameron partners with UC Davis
Last week, Dameron Hospital agreed to join forces with the UC Davis Medical Center, which should be a boon to the hospital and the community. UC Davis is a big brand name in terms of medicine, and any resources they can provide Dameron can only bring better care and increased opportunities for the community hospital. Further, as the region struggles to meet the demand for healthcare professionals, this partnership may provide a pipeline into the community for current physicians and medical students in Sacramento to practice in other areas of the valley
Dan Cort: “No one is coming to Stockton to see the Wal-Mart”
I posted this on Facebook and Twitter, but I feel that it deserves a little more publicity. Developer Dan Cort, known for rehabilitating and reusing numerous historical downtown buildings, recently gave a short presentation at the TEDx San Joaquin event at the University of the Pacific. Cort’s message was simple: Stockton planned itself into bankruptcy with unsustainable sprawl, and the only path toward prosperity involves reinvesting in downtown and limiting outward growth. As readers know, this is pretty much the exact thing I advocate for here on SCL, and the fact the an established downtown developer is preaching to the same ideas is encouraging. Cort has done the work no one else was willing to do downtown, and he continues to lead the downtown redevelopment charge despite myriad obstacles.