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Letter: Lodi will soon grow past its small-town charm

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Posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 12:00 am

First, I would like to thank the city of Lodi for bringing back “family day” to the lake on the 4th of July. A great time was had by all who came.

Also thank you for bringing back the Field and Fair Day to the Square on Labor Day.

These are two Lodi traditions that mean a lot to all of us who have been in Lodi for many years. Great memories for the older generation, and now it’s being handed down to the younger generations. Hopefully graduation at the Grape Bowl will also continue for tradition sake.

But, it is with great sadness that I see our small “livable, lovable Lodi” dying. At what point do we stop growing? If we are growing for the revenue, we will never be large enough. The proven fact is, the more you make, the more you spend. Is it that the newer people to Lodi don’t understand what it means to live in a small town?

Of course, Lodi is no longer the small town it used to be. Wikpedia shows Lodi’s population at an estimated 63,301 in 2012. That’s a far cry from the estimated 20,000 people that were here in the 1950s when I moved to town, or the 10,000 people in the 1930s when my great grandmother moved to town.

What is the vision, to be like Stockton or Elk Grove? If that is what the people of Lodi want, why don’t they move to a larger town? In the past few months I have read in the Lodi News-Sentinel that the city council has approved over 1,000 new homes in Lodi. According to Wikpedia, in 2010, the average household of Lodi was 3.35. That will bring us close to 70,000. We’re creeping up to that 100,000 mark.

Denise Surprenant


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