Chance encounters and downtowns

Recently, Vox ran an intriguing article on the way in which our decisions on where and how to live have affected the ability to keep and maintain friendships as adults. The commentary is enlightening, touching on how the desire for private, car-centric communities inadvertently cuts us off from our fellow humans. This observation rings especially true for Central Valley cities such as Stockton, which has largely retreated from its urban core in favor of far-flung, low-density housing.

Ten Space’s Newberry Building renovation project has been named one of the top downtown revitalization developments in the entire Central Valley. The 2015 San Joaquin Valley Blueprint Awards has selected the Newberry Building for an “Award of Merit” in the category of Downtown Revitalization which included entries from across the eight-county region. The award is given to projects that exemplify strong planning principals such as strengthening and directing development towards existing neighborhoods and fostering distinctive, attractive communities with a strong sense of place.

Last month, the Wall Street Journal ran a story titled “Companies Trade Suburbs for City Life.” The article noted that huge companies such as Expedia, Motorola, and PepsiCo had recently spurned their suburban locations for offices in more urban areas. These recent departures from sprawling office parks are nothing new; companies large and small have been relocating their offices—and their workforces—back into downtown cores for several years now, and not just to the big cities you might be thinking of. From Detroit to Chattanooga to Chicago to Las Vegas, small startup companies and giant multinational corporations alike are fleeing the suburban office park in favor of downtowns.

May 14, 2015 STOCKTON, CA- After a successful inaugural year, the Downtown Stockton Alliance (DSA) and Huddle are once again looking for the region’s most promising startups to take part in the second round of the DSA Entrepreneur Lab program. The DSA Entrepreneur Lab provides resources to area entrepreneurs who are seeking to grow their venture in Downtown Stockton, which is … Continued