Where Stockton ends

I have a soft spot in my heart for Stockton. I grew up here. I spent my elementary school days playing at Victory Park and getting followed by security guards (because we were a group of noisy children) at the Haggin Museum.

I work here. But I don’t live here anymore.

In 2008, my husband and I moved to Tracy where we hug the line between San Joaquin and Alameda counties. He works in Richmond. I work here. It made sense.

My parents, grandmothers and siblings all still live in Stockton.

In many ways when I drive the 24-miles north along interstates 205 and 5 each morning, I’m coming home.

And, in many ways, when I leave Stockton every night I’m venturing to a place that’s still foreign to me.

But I know where Stockton ends, where French Camp begins, where Lathrop begins and so on.

It’s because of that I often flinch when I see news crews from other areas coming in to Stockton and reporting (as they are want to do right now because of the bankruptcy crisis) and showing Stockton as somewhat one dimensional or, in a few cases over the last couple years, just plain inaccurately.

In 2010 I blogged about a Forbes video that flipped a street downtown.

Today, a new video (featuring Record columnist Michael Fitzgerald) posted by PBS Newshour, showcases a lot of Stockton locales and one not-so-Stockton spot.

At 2:26, the camera pans up from a housing development to a sign for “Stadium Crossing.”

The problem? The Stadium Crossing subdivision is in Manteca. It’s located off Highway 120 near Airport Way.

The sign, which I’ve passed numerous times, is near the Daniels Street/Fishback Road intersection.

The housing development is called “Stadium Crossing” because it’s right next to the Big League Dreams complex.

Do a Google search for a “Westport” in Stockton and nothing comes up. The same search for Manteca corrects the suggestion to “Westport Street.”

A search for “Stadium Crossings” in Stockton refers to the same listing in Manteca.

We all make mistakes. I’ve run corrections on stories in the past. I know. And I don’t mean for this to call out other journalists who are doing their jobs.

But Stockton doesn’t end near Highway 120. Not even close.

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