The new best view

Nick Curtin writes:

“I just returned from a visit to the new courthouse … If you have not been to the Jury Room you must go … What great panoramas of our fair city. From the classic building such as the Medical-Dental building (it never looked so good as from 12 stories up!) to the most recent additions to our downtown landscape.

“I left the experience convinced that there is a possibility that our beautiful downtown could come back.  Please take time to experience what my wife and I experienced this afternoon and share it with the rest of our population.  With your wordsmithing-talents you may even make people want to do jury duty!”

I was almost out the door the day of the courthouse tour, but stayed behind when the Mimi Nguyen story broke. Taking Curtin’s advice, I went up there.


The commanding view from the new San Joaquin County Courthouse's 12th floor. Photo: Michael Fitzgerald

A long balcony looks west, and will look farther to the Diablo Range when smoke from the fires lifts. A window in the elevator bay commands an view to the east, too. Future Stockton coffee table books will feature photos taken from these vantages.

Of course, the view also allowed Chamber boss Doug Wilhoit to see the waterfront algae that bugs him so (visible above).

“… the view is wonderful but the GREEN GUNK looks horrible …” Wilhoit wrote.


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