Stockton is in the news again … and once again it’s for being the worst at something. This time: Largest US City to Ever Go Bankrupt.
Previous titles include:
Most Miserable City (twice, nationally)
Highest Crime Rate (nationally)
Highest Crime Rate (statewide)
Highest Violent Crime Rate (2nd place statewide)
Most Dangerous City (only 5th place nationally, slackers)
Highest Foreclosure Rate (nationally, 2007)
Worst Place to Live (3rd place, nationally)
Most Car Thefts (7th these days, but once Top 3)
I suppose I could rant about who is to blame, but I really don’t quite know (or care, honestly). It seems like a perfect storm of bad circumstances and worse decision making over the last decade or so. Apparently it is mostly related to real estate: the bubble/crash, plus some phenomenally bad investments by the city, with help from the infamous CA Prop 13.
Been here about two years, and haven’t had anything bad happen to me personally yet. Can’t say as much for some of the people I know closer to downtown though. I keep my head down, and stay home at night whenever possible. And I’m happy as hell to only be a renter. I once disliked cops, but lately I just feel so sorry for them.