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Taking notice: Lodi’s Downtown a model for other cities

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Posted: Thursday, July 21, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:32 am, Sat Jul 23, 2011.

The buildings that house the many retailers and restaurants along School Street memorialize the architecture of days of old in Lodi.

The gold-flaked sidewalk, shaded by trees, provides a welcome reprieve from the extreme heat of the summer sun.

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26 comments:

  • Bob Bechill posted at 4:26 pm on Thu, Jul 28, 2011.

    Bob Bechill Posts: 41

    We are very fortunate to have our downtown. I walk it every morning. For you naysayers and conspiracy theorists out there, come on down, grab a cup of coffee at Tillies or Dancing Fox and relax. It will make you feel mo' betta!

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 8:27 pm on Tue, Jul 26, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Mary Holden: You're so sweet! Good luck with the move and all. And welcome to Lodi!

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 5:02 pm on Sun, Jul 24, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Robert... not sure about the thefts... I have parked there at least 400 times and have not had anything happen... On 4 occasions I have left my car there all night... no problems yet "knock on wood".

     
  • Josh Morgan posted at 7:59 am on Sat, Jul 23, 2011.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 532

    Just checked out the lodi360 website. Very nice site but Doug won't last long. They preview the statements before they're posted and have the following rule:

    Do You Allow Commentary?

    Yes! There’s a “Leave a Comment” link associated with each posting. Those who comment may use their real name, an alias or remain anonymous. However, there are ground rules. Be polite. Refrain from personal attacks. Critical thinking is encouraged.

    Especially the requirement of "critical thinking".

     
  • Robert Chapman posted at 7:41 pm on Fri, Jul 22, 2011.

    Bob Chapman Posts: 997

    KEVIN, I have read some reports of thievery and vandalism to cars taking place in the parking garage. Hopefully the City has figured out how to stop that.

     
  • Kevin Paglia posted at 6:03 pm on Fri, Jul 22, 2011.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 1982

    Thanks Darrell, I'll look for it next time I go Downtown.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 4:12 pm on Fri, Jul 22, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Kevin... the parking garage has the train station on the pine street side and the Saigon Grill on the West side... Saigon Grill is next to that lot you say is always full.... The science museum is in that structure as well... Try it! you will like it...
    Yes it is free. In fact, I have left my car there for 5 days when I went on a train trip... no charge at all.

    By the way, if you go to a movie before noon... rarely is the parking lot full next to Feed and Fuel.

     
  • Kevin Paglia posted at 3:56 pm on Fri, Jul 22, 2011.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 1982

    Darrell, the one next to Feed and Fuel seems to always be full. in four years I have only been able to park there once.

    The three story parking structure. Is that next to WOW and the tracks? i can not mentally visualize it. I'll look for it next time there. Is there a charge to park there, most parking structures i have seen charge to use them.

     
  • Josh Morgan posted at 2:33 pm on Fri, Jul 22, 2011.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 532

    Doug, I thinks it's commendable that you would invite people to stop by and chat. What I find ironic is that when Mr. Gellespie recently invited you to meet with him you would have nothing to do with it. There was nothing he could say that would change your mind.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 2:06 pm on Fri, Jul 22, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Kevin... The 3 story parking garage is one block from the movie house. It never is full even during the farmers market... Its a 45 second walk with public benches if you want to stop half way....there is also a 3 hour parking lot right next to Feed and Fuel which is 1/2 block to the movies...

     
  • Kevin Paglia posted at 11:29 am on Fri, Jul 22, 2011.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 1982

    My biggest complaint about downtown is the severe lack of parking. I was recently there to see a movie but every parking space i found was for 30 min or 90 min. parking only. Ended up having to park several blocks away and hobbling (still recovering from dual foot surgery) to the theater.

    The main reason i don't go to downtown is the lack of parking. Love some of the restaurants and the theater there, but i always have to consider how far i may have to hobble or what could happen (ticket) if my meal or movie runs over. Unfortunately there really isn't much solution to this since parking was not a consideration when the area was designed.

     
  • Robert Chapman posted at 10:05 am on Fri, Jul 22, 2011.

    Bob Chapman Posts: 997

    Mr. Chaney, will there be food? I have a brand new tape recorder I will bring that so I can capture your pearls of wisdom on how the City government and the LPD should really be run in order to save our wretched town. I must have missed your address, can you please post it again?

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:20 am on Fri, Jul 22, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Doug stated...Just keep living the dream spoon fed you by the Weybret's and their sugar coated newspaper of the great life and conditions in livable, lovable Lodi and hope your life doesn't make that wrong turn and you end up in the real time world

    Doug... I read this part of your post and it articulated my feelings but in a different way. I rewrote what you posted to reflect my feelings.

    To most all citizens in United States... you are living in a reality spoon fed to you by TV, Newspapers and a host of other media that leads you to believe that life is unfair and you deserve a better life than you have. You are being manipulated into thinking that you should be resentful and not appreciate what you have because others are taking advantage of you and treat you badly. In reality, you have a wonderful enriched life and are far better off than any other country in the planet. Livable, lovable Lodi is not stating it accurately. It should read, Lodi is closer to heaven on earth, just as our entire country is in comparison. The east side of Lodi is equivalent to a 5 star hotel in the villages in Thailand, China and India where people have to grow and kill their own food and do not have someone as kind as Doug that would deliver food to the poor. Where else in this world could the poor have it as good as they do. When I saw 10's of thousands of people living homeless in the dirt under blue tarps … no one weighing over 120 pounds.. when I see townships with 1000's of people with no hot water showers , no toilets and no stores to buy food or have food delivered... the East side of Lodi looks wealthy in comparison.
    Doug... the East side is not forgotten... and the people there have it very good compared to 50% of the worlds population. We can always seek ways to make it better, but your anger and resentment is not warranted nor has merit.

     
  • Joe Baxter posted at 8:11 am on Fri, Jul 22, 2011.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1844

    Dougie, thanks for the invite but I will pass. I have plenty of friends that are sane. Why would I want to talk to someone like you who is full of hate, negativity and bitter about everything concerning Lodi? You and your like minded friends have a good time trashing Lodi and everyone who lives here.

     
  • Doug Chaney posted at 10:07 pm on Thu, Jul 21, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    I've been criticizing since the early 90's when Ms JoAnne Mounce and Ms. Jane Lea were begging the COL to take an interest on the eastside and make an attempt to keep that area livable when it was still an area where many of the Dakotans developed nice neighborhoods and the younger next generation of greedy well-connected, well respected Lodi families begged, borrowed, bought and sometimes even cheated many of those old Dakotans of their properties and land and created the eastside of today. Ms. Mounce and Ms. Lea were literally spit on for their efforts to retain the old neighborhoods of the eastside. As you can see, the eastside is nearly all rental properties, many of the unkept and blighted, and many owned by wealthy and well-connected Lodi investors who neglect any real upkeep, yet keep the rents at an unreasonably high level due to many having undocumented renters that they know they can take easy advantage of. Having delivered grocerries through a church group to those on the eastside who were most in need of help and resources, I wont go into detail or names of some prominent persons in Lodi that can be described as true "slumlords" and the tactics and threats they use to keep their tenants in a state of fear. You'd be surprised who those charming personalities are. You have visions of a livable, lovable Lodi from your gated, guarded, often armed door shaker patrolled gulags and many have no idea of real time in Lodi. Just keep living the dream spoon fed you by the Weybret's and their sugar coated newspaper of the great life and conditions in livable, lovable Lodi and hope your life doesn't make that wrong turn and you end up in the real time world, hopefully having to wallow in the land that ime left behind, eastside Lodi and its forgotten residents.May your souls rest in peace.

     
  • Doug Chaney posted at 9:26 pm on Thu, Jul 21, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Just what was described as "downtown" Lodi in this article? Maybe you should reread it and reconsider your thoughts. If you want real issues and answers, go to www.lodi360.com and get the real scoop about livable, lovable Lodiand other real people like myself that aren't afraid of the establishment aand stories aren't sugar coated. Each individual is the reporter without having some anonymous blogger like Joe Baxter, who naaively posted my street address in his drunken stupor like post the other day, stalk and threaten others with his braggadoccio about having a carry a concealed weapon permit throwing his bullying, naive threats at others. Well. Joe Baxter, here's your chance to show me (us) who you really are by stopping by my house on Saturday, the 23rd of July and introduce yourself? Or anyone else that would like to meet and talk with me that thinks I'm the town villain. I'll make it a point to be home from 10AM to 4PM to converse with anyone that would like to discuss any problem they seem to have with me or we can talk sports, personal interests, hobbies or any subject that pleases you. I've had others check me out and act like they wanted to be friends only to find that after they see who I really am and am sincere in what I believe in and do, avoid me like the plague. It's me that is afforded to see sittuations and people that are connected with these individuals that further confirm my suspicions of my lack of trust in them. I'll even be happy to provide a few beers or couple of bottles of wine for those who need "encouragement" to get a little frisky or say what's really on their mind, and there will even be those straight double shots with that bud light backer so desired for those who need the quick blast. So stop by, I'll be waiting to meet some new friends. Just go to Joe Baxter's blog to get my address. He's posted for all to see, using, I assume, using either a friend, family or relatives' name and address to choose to remain the gutless, pathetic, anonymous pistol packin' bully he seems to be in real time. See you Saturday!

     
  • Doug Chaney posted at 8:57 pm on Thu, Jul 21, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Joe Baxter, are you going to print my phone number next, stalker?

     
  • Joe Baxter posted at 8:19 pm on Thu, Jul 21, 2011.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1844

    JACKSON SCOTT, I am not a bit surprised. He hates anyone and anything that has to do with the "city" administration. He hates the Lodi Police Department, he hates the Lodi News Sentinel, he hates the school board and he hates the wine industry or any establishment that serves alcholic beverages. Wonder why he continues to live in Lodi?

     
  • Jackson Scott posted at 5:00 pm on Thu, Jul 21, 2011.

    Jackson Scott Posts: 386

    WOW, who is surprised that Mr. Chaney took aim at the COL and the Chamber?

    But once again Doug somehow in his bizarre mind stretches the subject down Lodi Ave to Washington St and the Bus Shelter my Smart & Final, the non-union contractor, the GOBs, and the every popular Three Ayemeegoes. Ever notice how EVERY guy with an outdoor patio, or whatever, is well connected? No, Doug, they are smart business people!

    It's 5pm and KOVR-13 is about to do a tv segment on Downtown Lodi. GREAT publicity of our merchants, restaurants, and area wineries!

    So sad Doug has to look into the "Garden of Lodi" and only see the weeds while the rest of us enjoy the beautiful blooming flowers.

     
  • Josh Morgan posted at 4:27 pm on Thu, Jul 21, 2011.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 532

    I've always believed that when you feel the need to criticize you should be comfortable in doing so. At the same time, when someone or group is doing well, they should be recognized as well. It's unfortunate that Doug has such a strong hatred for the COL that when something good happens his automatic reflex is to criticize. Darrell.....I believe your observations are "right on". Thanks for expressing them.

     
  • Joe Baxter posted at 3:39 pm on Thu, Jul 21, 2011.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1844

    Sad to see that some people see only negativity and conspiracy in everything they read. I should think if they knew all the wrongs and how to right them, their name should appear on a ballot for City Council. What's that? Can't fix it? Then quit whining and accusing with no proof of your allegations.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 3:19 pm on Thu, Jul 21, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    I think Doug may have a point from his perspective, but I see downtown Lodi though a different prism.

    When I walk from Lockeford Street to Lodi Ave. by taking School Street, I mostly see pleasant friendly people and comfortable small stores and restaurants offering quality food and service. There are no parking meters or long lines for these facilities. I prefer to park my car in the parking garage (free) and get my morning walk in before the sun comes up. It feels so safe and welcoming.
    If you walk in the afternoon, you see many people coming to go see a movie. I see many children with smiles knowing that they are in for fun. Maybe an ice creme or treat somewhere in a downtown facility all within walking distance. The atmosphere is mostly family orientated I have never tried Rosewood or Feed & Fuel as the Mexican restaurant and Saigon Grill is more to my liking. The variety of shops and restaurants is great and most people I see have a good experience while in downtown Lodi.... Compared to 20 years ago, it is so far better that I cannot imagine changing it back to how it was.
    I thank anyone who had the vision and influenced the implementation of the redevelopment that resulted in such a dramatic change.

     
  • Doug Chaney posted at 12:24 pm on Thu, Jul 21, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    COL needs to seriously consider doing something with the top of School street at Lockeford, where the two large blighted weed patches sit on each corner before attempting other projects. It's not the aesthetic looks that necessarily comprise an attractive downtown area, but the businesses offered shoppers and tourists alike, and the friendliness of the proprietors and their staff. Every so-called tourist destination offers the generic shops and eateries but those that cater to tourists that offer a variety of services are the successful ones. Merely being a wine destination without any real beautifull rolling vineyards and accompanying greenery and beautiful scenery, along with both high and low end accomodations and dining and shops offering local arts and crafts and nearby attractions for families as well as group tours, conventions and events, will never put Lodi on any real tourist destination map, sad to say. COL needs real, professional event planners and not the same old local yokels who seem to be just spinning their wheels and still attracting nothing but mostly the same locals that enjoy alcohol oriented events.

     
  • Doug Chaney posted at 11:40 am on Thu, Jul 21, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    So having these other cities' officials come to Lodi for one day and then get spinmasters' like the three amigos and the chamber leader to put the sugar coating on the obvious spin really tells them what downtown Lodi, I'm guessing just the small stretch of School street is considered downtown Lodi, apears to be the whole downtown area. Looks like the Sentinel is racking up those brownie points with the three amigos again, huh? LOL.
    And Mr. Patrick, upon being asked, ccommeented on the "old world charm" but that it wasn't the most ccost effective method. With following projects like the $178,000 10'x12' or so bus stop built by Diede Construction, it seems that the costs to Lodians were all pretty well escalated above normal, yet the defective enginneering, planning and workmanship added yet more to the tab to line the pockets of the local good ol' boys and their own while they were at it. The contractor didn't give the impression that they were capable of handling a project even this small with numerous sub-contractors that shared many complaints concerning their ability to manage and co-ordinate a project such as this, saying goes. And how many hundreds of thousands were spent on the murals, wheen they could have all been done as community projects with our own local talented artists, instead of throwing that enormous amount of money at a single person? I sincerely love downtown Lodi, but all of it, hust not that little stretch of School Street where the outside drinking patios are on the "beautiful" colored and cobblestone sidewalks that house the well-connected proprietors of the select chosen few who seem to garner the attention and help from the powers that be in Lodi, while the rest of downtown Lodi is given nary a mention.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:15 am on Thu, Jul 21, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405


    Katie Nelson wrote a wonderful article and I appreciate the content.
    I can still remember my father and some of his friends shouting out how silly and bad of an idea the redevelopment was at the time. They thought it was a joke... they thought it was a yellow brick road to nowhere...apparently, the joke was on them as downtown Lodi has improved 1000 % since then and is a great place to walk and enjoy what it has to offer.

     
  • Mary Holden posted at 7:34 am on Thu, Jul 21, 2011.

    Mary Holden Posts: 3

    Less than 18 months ago, I visited Lodi for the first time (from 2,500 miles away). I was IMMEDIATELY captivated. My daughter and her husband took me to Lodi for lunch and I had a chance to stroll around this wonderful downtown. We encountered many warm and welcoming Lodians. I've been back several times because my husband and I quickly settled on Lodi as our new "hometown."

    NOW, we expect to be living in the home we purchased in Lodi within the next two months. And we TRULY can't wait to be Lodians...and hopefully make a small contribution to all the good things that are being done there. An inspired little community with creative residents and dedicated leadership. Outstanding!

     
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