Mobile Workshop #18 - Lodi: Exploring the Wine Region of the Year and the City's Revitalized Downtown
Monday, September 25, 2017, 1 p.m.
Monday, September 25, 2017, 5 p.m. PDT
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Over the past few decades Lodi has transformed from an over a century of wine grape growing to a leading wine production and tourism industry, being named Wine Region of the Year internationally by Wine Enthusiast Magazine in 2015. In 2005, Lodi became a leader is sustainability by adopting “Lodi Rules” encouraging sustainable farming, a lighter hand with pest management and better air quality and water management practices. Add to the lure of high quality wines and agri - tourism, Lodi’s downtown revitalization in the 1990’s is an excellent case study on small town downtown revitalization without the use of redevelopment agency funding. What was a sleepy, underutilized downtown is now a vital center of entertainment, dining and speciality shopping, hosting a weekly farmer’s market during warm months in addition to car shows, and countless wine-industry related events. From a land use perspective, growing pains have occurred as wineries and hospitality services in the area struggle with the popularity of wine-related events which trigger noise and traffic concerns from local residents.
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