An Icelander profiles Stockton

Svavar Jonatansson of Rejkyavik, Iceland.

Svavar Jónatansson, an Icelandic public radio reporter, visited Stockton in February of 2017 to record one of his “Borgarmyndir,” or city snapshots. Now he has this to say in his travelogue:

“Borgin Stockton liggur við norðurenda hins mikla landbúnaðarsvæðis kennt við Central Valley í Kaliforníu. Saga Stockton er litrík og er samofin upphafi gullæðisins árið 1848. Hinsvegar hefur orðspor borgarinnar síðustu ár mótast af hárri glæpatíðni og skapað krefjandi verkefni fyrir yfirvöld. Rætt er við tvo heimamenn sem hafa upplifað borgina á ólíkan hátt, annar með áherslu á tækifærin, hinn skort á tækifærum. Þátturinn var unninn við upphaf árs 2017. Umsjón: Svavar Jónatansson.”

Which google translates as:

“The city of Stockton lies at the northern end of the great agricultural area taught (?) at Central Valley, California. The history of Stockton is colorful and coincided with the beginning of the golden age (must mean Gold Rush) in 1848. However, the reputation of the city in recent years has been shaped by high crime rates and created challenging tasks for the authorities. There are two locals who have experienced the city in different ways, another focusing on opportunities, the lack of opportunities. The episode was performed (?) at the beginning of 2017. Supervision: Svavar Jónatansson.

“The show includes a wide focus on the history of Stockton, both from my narration and from your  insights, shared in the interview, as well as a lot of thoughts on how cities change historically from negative situations, New York in the 80s being a good example,” Jónatansson writes. “On top of that are statistics of how the situation has been developing in Stockton.

Hear Jónatansson’s segment on Stockton here. Warning: it’s in Icelandic, until I come in.

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