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Stockton, California, May 1, 2012 – A remnant of more successful times, this gym in downtown Stockton advertised Discipline and Self Esteem. These along with the gym are now gone. Exercise for many now comes in the way of hauling recycled cans for extra cash. <br />
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Stockton, a city of nearly 300,000 with strong agricultural roots, has been plagued by crime and misfortune over the past several decades. It saw home construction soar nearly three times over during the boom years from 1998 to 2005, only to fall just as precipitously to become a foreclosure epicenter when the boom turned to bust. In June of this year it became the largest city to file for bankruptcy.