This past weekend, Stockton City Limts officially turned three years old. Started with a modest ambition of getting a handful of people to start talking about ways to improve Stockton through better land use planning, sensible growth and reinvestment in existing urban areas, I am proud to say that SCL is now the premiere resource for news and opinions about growth in the Central Valley. In three years, we’ve gone from just me writing in my spare time in Washington, DC to having regular contributors and coverage of all Stockton happenings pertaining to growth and development. To celebrate, here’s some info I’ve gleaned over the past year of blogging:
The most popular posts in the last year have been about Uber, the University Lofts, San Joaquin County courthouse construction and the Cal Weber 40 and Grand View Village affordable, mixed-use housing projects. This coincides directly with the search terms people are using to find content on SCL. By far, the most popular search terms had to do with one of the following: 1) seeing if there was Uber in Stockton, 2) searching for prices to live at the University Plaza Waterfront Lofts or other downtown residential options, and 3) Downtown Stockton construction and revitalization projects—the new county courthouse and two affordable housing projects in particular.
These trends are telling. People in Stockton—or interested in learning about Stockton—are clearly looking for a city that is in line with nationwide urban trends, such as ride sharing (uber) and downtown living (looking for prices for the University Lofts). Also, the number of people looking for info on the county courthouse construction and the possibility of other downtown building speaks to a deeper desire to see investment in downtown development, even if right now it’s just the construction of a municipal building. Together, this shows optimism and demand for a rejuvenated Downtown Stockton.
So here’s to another year of blogging about Stockton’s turn around. I predict even more exciting developments in the years to come. Thank you for your continued support!