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With recession lifting, will sprawl resume?

As Stockton shakes off the storm clouds of bankruptcy and looks to a brighter future, it’s fair to wonder if smart growth will be a forgotten priority. Though the City Council and city planners embraced the imperative for a more sustainable, less sprawl-filled future during the city’s time in bankruptcy, there seems to be little […]

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Can we please stop the “Downtown needs a grocery store before anyone will move there” nonsense?

I often have conversations with others about what it’s going to take to get people to live downtown. The discussion can range from housing to safety to transportation to affordability. But one of the more puzzling opinions I encounter is that people won’t live downtown unless there is a grocery store. Without this amenity, residential […]

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The tragedy of Oak Grove Regional Park

Stockton benefits from a handful of good parks. Weber Point, American Legion, and Oak Park are some that come to mind. But the best park in my opinion is also be the city’s most isolated. With roughly 180 acres of bucolic scenery, meandering trails, hundred-year-old oaks, and abundant wildlife, Oak Grove Regional Park is one […]

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Spanos taking greener approach to growth, but sprawl still an issue

For the past 20 years, growth on the city’s northern border has been generally defined by one company: AG Spanos. With its low-density approach, incorporating winding streets with gated communities and no retail– except, of course, for the mega mall that is Park West Place– Spanos’ developments in North Stockton serve as the antithesis to […]

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The anti Wal-Mart: How a Whole Foods in Stockton could increase economic development and revitalize neighborhoods

Last week, I discussed the effects of Wal-Mart stores on the communities they enter. Many studies show a strong correlation between the presence of Wal-Marts and a decrease in area employment, depressed wages and even the presence of hate groups. Clearly, the body of evidence does not work in Wal-Mart’s favor. Really, it is not […]

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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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