To my column about Stockton’s curious lack of Waterfront bars and restaurants, Tim Nunes, a Stockton native living in Chicago, responded on his blog with a suggestion: build a watery Brookside.
“Another thought is inspired by Chicago’s River City. Yes, such a development bears some similarity to Stockton’s exclusive, gated community, Brookside, but it could provide a starting point for future development…
“A safe, self-contained and secure place for boaters to live and commute from, that would bring in revenues and leverage the waterfront/delta locale. And, before anyone poo-poos such an idea out of hand because of the old adage, “Location, location, location” (or the equivalent naysayers response of, “No one in their right mind would ever choose to live in downtown Stockton!”), River City was developed in one of downtown Chicago’s least attractive neighborhoods (the riverfront aside… And, actually, even the riverfront wasn’t a slam dunk initially due to significant water pollution issues that have since been largely addressed).”
Read the whole post here.