Readers on downtown

Responding to today’s column about reviving downtown, Paul Amador writes:
 
“There is a community-wide concern for downtown Stockton.”Between dates 10/11/2013 until 12/21/2013, 228 volunteers cleaned up downtown Stockton with a combined number of 856 community service hours. All of our volunteers were officially honored by Congressman Jerry McNerney, Senator Cathleen Galgiani, Assemblymember Susan Eggman, and all of the San Joaquin County Supervisors.”
 
Amador sends the group’s Facebook page.
 
Darryl Fenley writes:
 
“It was with great interest and much sadness that I, a former resident of Stockton, read your column in today’s Record regarding downtown Stockton.  I grew up in the era when downtown Stockton was a vital and thriving place — I remember the days of Bravo-McKeegan, Smith & Lang, Breuners, and the Fox Theater — and enjoying a Monte Cristo sandwich at the Hotel Stockton.  
 
“Sadly, I recently visited family in Linden and we drove through downtown Stockton and I was shocked and appalled at the number of boarded-up storefronts and the seemingly total lack of any pedestrians.  It seems that those City decision-makers through the years have abandoned downtown and in doing so removed any semblance of an identity.  Weberstown was the beginning of the migration of commerce north — will this migration end with the total abandonment and destruction of Stockton as it once was?”
 
Harry Osell called to reminisce about living in the Delta Gateway apartments on the south bank: 
 
“The doors were steel, closets real wood and there was eight-inch insulation between apartments. I loved living here and walking to church, old St. Mary’s sdowntown. Those wide streets.
 

“They put the DMV where I thought the homes were going to go. Hopefully they can get people who have middle-class incomes down there, demanding the police deal with the problems as they come up. That’s what will revive downtown.”

Here’s a related blog by Stockton City Limits.

 

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