By David G. Dixon
Investment in environmental cleanup and public infrastructure does not always have immediate payoffs. But with careful long-term planning, Stockton, Calif. has transformed its formally blighted waterfront into a recreational and entertainment destination and positively positioned itself for the future.
After 15 years of planning and over $200 million of investment, the downtown waterfront in Stockton, has been transformed from a blighted and contaminated industrial area into revitalized public spaces. The cornerstone project of the revitalization program is the recently completed Stockton Event Center Project, winner of the 2008 US EPA Region 9 Phoenix Award. The City of Stockton has undertaken one of the more ambitious and successful Brownfields planning, cleanup, and rebuilding programs of any mid-size American city, but it has not been without its challenges.
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