Man on the Street: business after cars on K
It’s been almost one month since cars returned to K Street between Eighth and 12th streets, and The Sacramento Press asked business owners and managers on the former pedestrian mall if they have observed any differences as a result.
To read about the reopening of the K Street Mall to vehicular traffic, click here.
Larry Bethune, 25-year-old shift leader at Quiznos, 902 K St.
“I think it allows a lot more people to know about the different restaurants on K Street,” Bethune said. “It hasn’t increased business yet because there’s nowhere to park. There’s a lot about a block from here with purple fence around it. If they turned that into a parking lot, then having cars on the street would turn into a really great idea.”
Veni Sharma, 63-year-old co-owner of DeRow & Sharma Clothier & Tailors, 916 K St.
“It’s too early to tell, but it’s improved a little bit,” Sharma said. “People are still learning they can drive down here. It’s a positive thing.”
Chuck Karajeh, 51-year-old owner of Midtown Market, 1026 K St.
“There’s been no change so far,” Karajeh said. “I don’t think it’s going to change anything. To me, well, I’ve been here a long time. I don’t think people are going to stop, and there’s no parking. If they had street parking, it would help.”
Chris Dooley, 32-year-old bar manager at Ella Dining Room & Bar, 1131 K St.
“We’re still doing the same, but we have always had a street with cars on it, since we’re on the corner (of 12th and K streets),” Dooley said. “For some, I’m sure bringing cars back has increased business. It definitely makes the street more approachable to pedestrians and families, so it’s more accessible now.”
Jesse Lua, 29-year-old manager of Blimpie Subs & Salads, 1023 K St.
“There’s been no change,” Lua said. “It really hasn’t gotten any traffic at all. I don’t think it’ll do anything without parking. The only traffic I’ve seen is maybe some cabs, but there hasn’t been an accident yet.”
Sid Garcia-Heberger, 46-year-old general manager of the Crest Theatre, 1013 K St.
“I’m seeing increased activity on the street,” Garcia-Heberger said. “Most of the increased activity is on the weekends and at night. I think people are still getting used to it. Once more people know about it, I think it will really help.”
What is your perception of the changes to K Street over the past month, since cars were allowed. Have you driven down the former pedestrian mall? Let us know in the conversation below.