SCL turns three years old as Stocktonians search for a more urban city

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!


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Author:David A. Garcia

David A. Garcia created SCL in March of 2012. Garcia is a Stockton native with a background in urban policy and planning, holding a Bachelor's Degree from UCLA as well as a Master's Degree in Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies. He currently serves as the Policy Director at the UC Berkeley Terner Center for Housing Innovation. David was also COO at Ten Space, a real estate development firm focused exclusively on Downtown Stockton, and continues to advise on their projects. Prior to that, he worked three years as a researcher/analyst for a Congressional research agency in Washington, DC. The views expressed on this site are entirely of the author's

6 Comments on “SCL turns three years old as Stocktonians search for a more urban city”

  1. Bill Fuhs
    March 16, 2015 at 9:12 am #

    Great job Mr. Garcia……… keep it up (please).

  2. dan cort
    March 16, 2015 at 9:33 am #

    congrats for the excellent work on SCL David

  3. March 16, 2015 at 10:14 am #

    Keep Up The Great Work! Keep Us Informed! Stockton Cares!!!

  4. Jon Seisa
    March 16, 2015 at 10:54 am #

    Three years and counting! Great work David… persistence pays. Congratz on your SCL flourishing vision and may it continue to be an inspiration to all, and a source for the latest development trends in good old (and NEW) Stockton.

  5. Ivan Dimas
    March 16, 2015 at 8:58 pm #

    Keep up the good work! I love reading the articles on this site. I’ve been following for a little over a year now.

  6. Antony
    March 18, 2015 at 2:27 pm #

    Keep up the good work David!

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