Fixing downtown Stockton

Not that City Hall was getting the job done, but Gov. Jerry Brown really made reviving downtown problematic when he abolished redevelopment agencies in 2011.

Now Brown is trying to give cities a replacement tool. If you hope for downtown’s revival, you might be interested.

“The crux of Brown’s plan is to expand the reach of the rarely-used, little-known infrastructure finance districts,” reports the Press Democrat ”The districts, or IFDs, have taxing authority and are created with voter approval. They rely on property tax dollars and focus on highways, transit and sewer projects, libraries, parks and child care centers.

“Brown wants to add to that list urban “infill” development, affordable housing, development to encourage use of public transportation and former military bases, and what his office calls “necessary consumer services.”

He also wants to change the public vote structure. A ray of hope for downtown here.

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