‘Smart growth’ could help guide downtown Stockton

The Stockton Record – Opinion — by Tim Kerr.

In recent years, the concept of “smart growth” has gained wide acceptance among experts in land use planning and development. I would like to take this opportunity to discuss the advantages of smart growth and how this approach to planning and development benefits downtown Stockton.  At its core, smart growth is an alternative to urban sprawl, traffic congestion, disconnected neighborhoods and urban decay. The principles of smart growth challenge old assumptions in planning and development that stresses detached homes and reliance upon the automobile.
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