Archive | May, 2013
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Stockton’s population is growing, but are people really moving here?

With all of the turmoil in Stockton, many have predicted a mass exodus of residents. With uncertain finances and diminishing resources, who could blame them? Hometown hero Dallas Braden even threatened to move to Sacramento at one point.* However, recent reports show that our city is actually growing in population rather than declining, inching closer […]

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Near by stores such as Target and Petsmart stand to lose business to the Super Wal-Mart opening up across the street in Spanos Park West

The problem with Stockton’s Walkscores

Growing up off of Kelly Drive in North Stockton, I lived in a “somewhat walkable” neighborhood, according to Walkscore, the website that calculates the walkability of neighborhoods and cities. This rating makes sense on paper as I grew up fairly close to the Becks Colonial shopping centers—just .2 miles away, to be exact. A grocery […]

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Chattanooga, Tennessee debuted a bike share program late last year, providing a model for a similar program in Stockton

Can a bike share program work in Stockton?

Last week, I discussed why Stockton should become more-bike friendly; Biking promotes good health, provides an economic boost to merchants and offers alternative methods of transportation in an increasingly congested region. But transforming transportation options in Stockton goes beyond laying down more bike lanes: it requires a commitment to getting Stocktonians to think differently about […]

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Governor Jerry Brown's decisions are increasingly more anti-city

Why has Jerry Brown turned his back on California’s cities?

When Jerry Brown was elected governor—for the second time—I was optimistic. In addition to serving as governor once before, as well as state Attorney General, Brown was also mayor of Oakland from 1999 to 2007. My hope was that his experience as mayor of a major California city would make Brown a pro-city governor. Sadly, […]

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Wednesday notes: new downtown tenants, Aparagus Festival attendance woes, and Detroit

Today’s news and notes includes new tenants for the historic B&M building, the Asparagus Festival’s attendance drop, and another big city that may be forced into the bankruptcy club with Stockton. Happy bike to work week! Downtown block welcomes two new neighbors The block between Dean DeCarli Square and the Ed Coy Garage is becoming […]

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Tuesday night, the Stockton City Council decided to schedule a study session to delve into the topic of reducing Public Facility Fees for single-family home development

Joel Kotkin is wrong: Why the “suburbs” are not triumphant over cities

Someone once said that if you don’t have critics, you’re not doing something worthwhile. Lucky for me, there are plenty of skeptics who disagree with the new urbanist concepts I espouse here weekly at SCL. Enter Joel Kotkin, noted writer and city nay-sayer. Kotkin is one of the loudest critics of smart growth, believing that […]

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Bike lanes have great economic benefits

Why Stockton needs to embrace biking

Last week, the Central Valley Business Journal wrote about the state of cycling in the region. The article noted that despite the valley’s favorable terrain and Mediterranean climate, less than one percent of commuting trips are made via bicycle. This is not surprising, as Central Valley cities have been planned around the car with little […]

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Will Barack Obama's administration be sending help to Stockton?

President Obama announces new program for struggling cities- will Stockton make the cut?

During his State of the Union speech in February, President Obama announced plans to assist the country’s most economically depressed cities. This proclamation sparked pleas from people such as Mike Fitzgerald and Congressman Jerry McNerney for the President to consider Stockton’s troubles. Moored in bankruptcy, high crime rates and crushing unemployment, it would be difficult […]

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2013 may be the last year that the Asparagus Festival is held downtown as officials are considering a move to the county fairgrounds

Thursday notes: SPD nationally ranked, Stockton’s population keeps growing, the Asparagus Festival and more

Today’s installment includes a nod to the Stockton Police Department’s social media prowess, Stockton’s population growth, falling rates of home ownership, and an update on SCL’s Asparagus Festival location poll. If Stockton is so miserable, why is our population growing? The State of California released their population updates for 2012, and despite all the bad […]

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Attracting millennials as an economic development strategy

The good people over at the Central Valley Business Journal let me write another column for them in their May issue. This time, I discus how city and economic development officials can attract businesses by providing walkable communities for their young and educated workforces. More and more companies are abandoning suburban office parks in favor […]

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