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How better zoning can curb crime

Last year, I wrote about the effect that planning can have on crime, noting that a well-planned city or community can have a direct affect on public safety. Even more recently, I have mused about how crime seems to revolve around Stockton’s big box retailers, namely Walmart. Probably not coincidentally, some new research has emerged […]

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Wednesday notes: Obama, Walmart, Amtrak, & Healthcare

Today’s installment of news and notes includes President Obama’s State of the Union address and what it means for Stockton; Crime around Walmart; the city’s rising Amtrak ridership numbers; and the Daily Beast’s best and worst healthcare cities. President Obama addresses plight of cities: Last night, President Obama delivered the State of the Union address, […]

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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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The Wal-Martization of Stockton: Are three Wal-Marts good for the city?

This summer, Stockton will celebrate the opening of a Super Wal-Mart in Spanos Park West. The store will be the city’s second Super Wal-Mart, the first on Hammer Lane near Highway 99. In Weston Ranch, there remain plans to include a Wal-Mart to anchor the planned Weston Ranch Towne Center project just off of Interstate […]

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Downtown development: Stockton’s sleeping cash cow

10 years ago, when a parade of cement mixers, bulldozers and construction workers were streaming into the open space just west of Interstate 5 off of Eight Mile Road, most people thought the impending development would result in a financial windfall for Stockton. Spanos’ mammoth shopping center and sprawling subdivisions would bring much needed tax […]

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