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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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Stockton is less affordable than the Bay Area because of sprawl

One of the things Stockton has that other larger cities in the state do not is relatively affordable housing. You can buy a good sized three bedroom house for the amount it costs to pay rent in a studio basement apartment in San Francisco. Our lower cost of living is one of the big reasons […]

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Could Stockton use eminent domain to stop foreclosures?

On Tuesday, I attended a panel discussion at the Center for American Progress on the use of eminent domain to stop foreclosures. This controversial program is being seriously considered by dozens of cities, including some in the Central Valley. After the panel, I was able to catch up briefly with Steven Gluckstern, Chairman of Mortgage […]

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SCL Exclusive: Dan Cort, the interview

When it comes to downtown Stockton redevelopment, no one has been more successful than Dan Cort. Cort started out renovating Victorian homes in the Magnolia District and today his portfolio includes such historic downtown buildings as Cort Tower and the Kress Building. He also penned the book “Downtown Turnaround: Lessons for a New Urban Landscape,” […]

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Tuesday notes: Dameron, Dan Cort, and the waterfront

Happy Tuesday, everyone. No new content today, though some interesting news and notes caught my attention in the last week that I think deserve some attention:

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The right way to develop Stockton’s waterfront

Mike Fitzgerald had a great column yesterday lamenting the fact that Stockton has turned its back on its waterfront land. I couldn’t agree more. Our geographic location on the Delta provides a tremendous opportunity to truly distinguish Stockton from other Central Valley cities. But there was one portion of the column in particular that grabbed […]

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The limits of density in Stockton

As you probably know, this site advocates for smart growth policies to help address the issues facing the city. A key aspect of smart growth is managing density, and on the surface, the city of Stockton has not planned very well in this regard. Specifically, Stockton has experienced an incredible proliferation of low density single […]

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Eminent domain to the rescue? How cities may use the controversial law to help underwater homeowners

Eminent domain is always a touchy topic to bring up. Usually, the utilization of eminent domain is met by fierce protest from those who stand to have their homes razed for a new airport, railway or other project deemed a “public use.” In Stockton, eminent domain was used to clear a path for the crosstown […]

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Stockton metro to reach 1 million people by 2042, but where will they live?

Recently, the US Conference of Mayors commissioned a study which included the projected growth of nearly all US metro areas by 2042, including Stockton. The report predicted that our area will surpass one million residents– 1,077,200 to be exact– in thirty years, which puts the region’s growth rate at a whopping 52.5%. Going through the […]

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Infill is in, sprawl is out. Will Stockton developers follow national trends?

I came across a story today in the Record that caught my attention. A Sacramento architect, David Mogavero, gave a talk to members of the city’s Climate Action Plan Advisory Committee in which he pretty much said everything I have ever said in this blog, reaffirming the smart-growth sentiments I continue to espouse. You can […]

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