More on downtown, from Leroy (no last name).
“My ten years in downtown Stockton gave me some personal insights. First of all I believe Stockton made a mistake excepting government dollars in converting the Stockton Hotel into Low Income housing. That location could have been the nucleus for downtown revitalization,such as Bed and Breakfast, Boutique Hotel, Specialty retail, Winery tasting rooms, just to name a few.
“Secondly, my wife and I recently met some friends for dinner at French 25 near the movie theater in downtown. As I drove around the block looking for a parking space I noticed an intimating guy walking in the middle of the dark street. He frankly scared the hell out of me and I’m not a small guy.
“While inside the Restraunt we noticed several apparently homeless guys hanging around the Plaza panhandling. One was wrapped in a blanket approaching cars as they parked. My wife looked out the window and remarked “I will never come here alone”.
“I’m old enough to remember a vital downtown Stockton. Movie theaters (saw my first 007 movie there), Restraunt’s, shopping, and more. To bring back anything similar to that time will require a Herculean effort.”