A story in this morning’s ER reports that Chico’s downtown was recognized by the California Planning and Development Report as California’s third best mid-sized city’s downtown. Even with all the qualifications (California, mid-sized, etc.), third best is a pretty good ranking out of 94 communities that qualified by virtue …

12 September 2007  Urban Planning

Today’s ER editorial takes the Friends of Bidwell Park to task for vexatious litigation, which is only sensible. I don’t want to step all over Lon’s streetcorner, but the thought occurred to me that maybe we need a bumper sticker for the rest of us.

30 August 2007  Uncategorized

It’s that time again, when thousands of dollars flow back into Downtown Chico, attached, howbeit temporarily, to new and returning students at Chico State.
The student population is an economic shot in the arm for downtown merchants, food and beverage (especially beverage) operators, and service providers. The retail mix downtown …

29 August 2007  Good Neighbors

Last night the Old Crow Medicine Show took the roof off the Paradise Performing Arts Center. Steve Schuman of North Valley Productions is to be commended for bringing these guys to town and, notwithstanding some logistical latency in processing the many will call orders, putting on a great show.
These …

19 August 2007  Arts

With the sudden announcement of City Manager Greg Jones’ resignation after a scant 19 months on the job, it is time for Chico to reconsider its form of government. Not solely because it is going to be devilishly difficult to recruit a new chief executive officer for the city, …

31 July 2007  Public Affairs

While I’ve certainly been quite critical of the state of downtown’s sidewalks, I should point out that some people are taking a proactive approach, and deserve recognition for their efforts.
John Kennedy
John recently relocated his commercial real estate practice in downtown, which is a refreshing contrast to the many commercial real …

28 July 2007  Good Neighbors

Nothing contributes to the decline of a downtown so much as vacancy. Every empty storefront is a chilling sign of deterioration. Turnover is natural, and businesses that aren’t successful will inevitably close their doors, but if there isn’t a new operator to move in behind them, the effect …

15 July 2007  Urban Planning

Two of the best things about downtown Chico are the Thursday Night and Saturday Farmer’s Markets. Different in style, they are nevertheless complementary and share some of the same vendors and attendees. I know some folks who prefer the Thursday market, while others prefer Saturday, but I …

12 July 2007  Good Neighbors

Any discussion of pedestrianizing the downtown must consider traffic calming tactics, and implement best practices in this area. The process is incremental, and not without some controversy, inasmuch as its explicit purpose is to reduce traffic velocity and volume. Motorists, understandably but mistakenly, want to cover ground with …

9 July 2007  Transportation
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