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A tale of two drive thrus: Why the city should uphold a denial of a drive thru bank in Downtown

Late last year, a minor outrage ensued when it was revealed that chain drive thru Dutch Brothers Coffee was opening on the corner of Pacific and Walnut Street on the Miracle Mile. Opponents opined that a drive thru was a poor choice for that particular corner (with some also expressing resentment towards a chain opening […]

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Don’t take the LAO’s report seriously, Stockton still deserves a CSU campus

Last week, a highly anticipated report was released by the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) that was supposed to be the first concrete step towards a four-year university in Stockton, the largest city in the state without one. The study was spearheaded by Assemblywoman Susan Eggman who has become a champion for bringing a state institution […]

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What a Trump presidency means for Stockton

Living in California, it’s easy to feel removed from the national political scene. On election night, the Golden State eschewed conservative trends across the country to remain an impenetrable bastion of progressivism. But as much as we in California would like to believe we are fully insulated from the ramifications of a Trump presidency, the […]

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Will housing succeed in Downtown Stockton? It’s working in Fresno

  Fresno, for all intents and purposes, is a larger version of Stockton. Similar socioeconomic challenges, climate, and cost of living. The same can be said of both city’s downtowns. Both feature rich architectural history, but have been besieged by empty buildings and blight. Given these similarities, Stockton compares much more closely to Fresno than […]

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Downtown Stockton does not have a shortage of parking

A lot has changed in the two years since I moved back to work in Downtown Stockton, almost all of it for the better. But one thing that has not changed (and I fear may never change) is one particular item: the debate about parking. It seems you can’t get two sentences in to a […]

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Stockton’s bike plan update is underway, have you participated?

Anyone who has ever ridden a bike in Stockton knows this sad fact: this is not a cycling town. There’s no infrastructure in place. Almost no bike lanes or bike routes, and the ones that do exist are laughably placed on streets where no one in their right mind should be cycling (who would ever […]

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Let’s stop comparing Stockton to Lathrop, Manteca, or Tracy

Last week, the City Council passed the “Stockton Economic Stimulus Plan,” reducing Public Facility Fees for homebuilders throughout the city. Depending on your point of view, this temporary reduction is either a job creator that will jump start the city’s stagnant construction sector, or a giveaway to single family home builders who will surely only […]

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UOP lays out economic trends in Stockton and San Joaquin

Last week, I had the honor of speaking at the University of the Pacific’s Center for Business and Policy Research’s 2015 State of the Northern San Joaquin Valley conference. Myself and a group of panelists discussed downtown revitalization in the region, with specific attention given to Downtown Stockton. But the real highlight of the conference […]

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General Plan update coming, but will it hit right notes?

Since a 2008 settlement with the state attorney general’s office, Stockton has been under a legal mandate to update its General Plan to reduce sprawl and develop the city’s core. So far, that effort has been strangled by bureaucracy or stalled in the name of sorting out the city’s bankruptcy. But according to a pair […]

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Where’s the best location for a CSU Stockton?

Much has been made recently regarding a potential full-fledged California State University in Stockton, and rightfully so. It’s pretty remarkable that a city of our size has been overlooked for a state school while places such as Humboldt, San Marcos, and Chico have campuses. Even the largely unpopulated Channel Islands has a CSU! Given Stockton’s […]

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