Archive | June, 2013
This picture of Eight Mile Road illustrates the choice Stockton has to make between farmland and development

Americans have already dumped the pump

Today is National Dump the Pump Day, according to the American Public Transportation Association. The day calls for citizens to leave their cars at home and embrace public transportation. But based on the data, it looks like many people have already done that. By almost every metric, car use is on the decline across the […]

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Stockton's Fremont Square has gone from gang hangout to school play area

How collaboration rescued Fremont Square

Fremont Square has undergone an incredible transformation in the span of just a few months. Today, the park just north of downtown Stockton functions like most other parks, playing host to school children on recess and downtown workers enjoying lunch. Nothing remarkable happens there, which is in itself remarkable considering the park’s condition just last […]

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Wednesday notes: CEQA reform, the return of redevelopment agencies, ACE expansion, and Congressman Denham’s rail issues

In today’s news and notes, SCL looks at CEQA reform, legislation to bring back redevelopment agencies, new ACE developments and Representative Jeff Denham’s decision to take jobs away from his constituents.

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Prominent economist warns of Central Valley housing bubble

Housing prices continue to skyrocket in Stockton, posting huge year-over-year increases. Inventory is running low, pushing prices even higher. The quick pace of our sudden recovery has been a boon to underwater homeowners and even the city which is now projecting higher than expected revenues thanks to a surge in property values. It seems like […]

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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

The Building Industry Association of the Delta doesn’t understand smart growth

Last week, Mike Fitzgerald wrote a column extolling the virtues of smart growth, citing a new study by Smart Growth America (SGA) showing how compact development costs less and pays more than traditional sprawling development. Of course, smart growth is not without detractors. In the column, Fitzgerald quotes the head of the Building Industry Association […]

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Benches were removed from Fremont Square earlier this year to dissuade drug dealers. Now school kids use the park for activities.

The case for retaking Stockton’s parks

It’s no secret that Stockton is a regular on Forbes’ “Most Miserable City” list. While Stocktonians are a tough breed, putting up with the city’s issues and negative image can be draining. So what can the city do to give us some hope and lift our spirits as we continue to persevere? How about retaking […]

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