Mimi Nguyen, economic development director, Downtown Stockton Alliance

Taking a Chance

Stockton businesses invest in the long term

By the mid-1990s, it was fair to question whether downtown Stockton was on the path to decay. Crime and blight were major concerns that kept visitors and businesses away, and there was little to suggest a turnaround was in sight.

Oct 1, 2010 Bill Romanelli
Peter Brundage, executive officer, Sacramento Local Agency Formation Commission

Civil Union

Rancho Cordova welcomes annexed land

Rancho Cordova recently celebrated the annexation of a finger of land — Folsom Boulevard east of Sunrise Boulevard and south of Highway 50 — with the rest of the incorporated city.

Sep 1, 2010 JT Long

Power Forward

A Brighton spot for Power Inn’s future

In the late 1800s the township of Brighton, along what is now Folsom Boulevard and Power Inn Road, was bustling with a racetrack, pony express stop and the distinguished (if unrecognized) title of Sacramento’s first suburb.

Aug 1, 2010 Bill Romanelli

A Greener Park

The history of Depot Park

During World War II, the U.S. Army put Depot Park on the map as a central location to collect and distribute war supplies to troops on the West Coast and across the Pacific. The military moved out in 1995, but government, nonprofits and businesses of all sizes have continued to leverage the site as a hub for green activities and technological innovations.

Aug 1, 2010 JT Long

Working Lunch with Julia Burrows

Although she can’t recall an aha moment that launched her interest, Julia Burrows says she has been passionate about all things green and sustainable as long as she can remember.

Aug 1, 2010 Douglas Curley
The Elk Grove Promenade began construction in 2007, and the fate of the unfinished project is still unknown.

Retail Rebound?

Elk Grove retail properties stabilize after two-year coma

Promenade Parkway is a lonely stretch of road south of Elk Grove. Behind a chain-link fence, a steel skeleton of what was supposed to be the city’s first mall with a Macy’s department store and a 16-screen theater sits in the shadow of developer General Growth Properties Inc.’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy negotiations.

Jul 1, 2010 JT Long