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Debunking anti-infill arguments

My goal with this column has been to make a reasoned, data-driven case for why the Central Valley should move away from sprawling subdivisions and instead encourage infill development and…

Arguments mount against urban sprawl

Last month, I wrote about the well-intentioned but short-sighted green building ordinance under consideration in Stockton that would have required costly upgrades for energy efficiency in the renovation of older…

Driving on the decline, but road work goes on

Anyone who has driven through San Joaquin County recently has noticed heavy construction on highways and roads, with hundreds of millions spent to increase the region’s traffic capacity. With all…

Home energy incentives: Solving one problem, causing another?

Cities across the country are looking for ways to become greener, implementing various policies to reduce emissions, clear the air and clean up waterways. The Central Valley appears no different,…

Walkable neighborhoods could be hedge against next housing bubble

Last month, the popular website Walkscore released its 2014 walkability rankings, with Central Valley cities garnering mixed results. Overall, Stockton and Modesto both scored less than 50, placing them in…

How millennials’ changing lifestyles may drive urban planning

Suburban living is often touted as the ideal lifestyle for families: plenty of yard space for kids, big houses with multiple rooms and good schools. It’s this thinking that has…

Cities’ plan for sustainability will influence growth for decades

Over the past year, the San Joaquin Council of Governments (SJCOG) has been working on a plan that will greatly affect growth and development in our portion of the Central…

Why it’s time for Central Valley cities to stop urban sprawl

In thinking about urban sprawl, think about this: Over the past 10 years, cities have pined for conventional, low-density commercial and residential projects as a means to fill their coffers…

Why Mayor Silva’s police housing incentive program was a good idea

Earlier this year, the city of Stockton was embroiled in a battle between two competing crime initiatives: Mayor Silva’s Stockton Safe Streets plan and the long-awaited city Marshall Plan. Eventually,…

Bills could affect growth and development

At Stockton City Limits, I often discuss the need for local governments to prioritize infill development and rein in sprawl. While decisions at the local level undoubtedly drive where growth…

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