Thursday, May 23, 2013
This is a great article, and very interesting wall conversation.
I'm not as familiar with the details of these proposals, but what I can say having spent 10 years living and working in Sacramento is that I would love to visit this promenade on k street if it was to be built. I like the intimacy and local appeal. These other proposals seem too cold to me, not to mention unrealistic. I feel like the Rubicon proposal has a little-brother complex and wants to compete with the big city via a huge over the top circus show. But I think embracing our history and character will make a project like promenade on k street successful. What we need to 'envision' is a project that empowers Sacramento and its local people.
To make a project work downtown you need more residential and you need amenities that focus on bringing people in for entertainment and shopping. We need to get more people living downtown, working downtown, and shopping downtown. Besides being financially unrealistic, this proposal isolates itself from the surrounding midtown/downtown atmosphere.
The concept of this Boqueria may sound appealing on paper, but where do we see a farmers market of that size open for seven days a week for extended hours? This plan calls for a main attraction of the site to lay empty and dark at night. We need more eyes on K street in the evening hours, not just for a couple hours post work.
And to demolish a large portion of these historically valued buildings is so upsetting. We need to empower downtown Sacramento through these buildings with such rich history. What's made San Diego, Portland and other cities so successful in its revitalization is preserving their historical buildings!
I believe that D&S Development has the best proposal of the 4. They have a plan that flows together the best concepts to make a thriving downtown node all of Sacramento can benefit from. With mixed use and a good balance of residential and commercial, they plan to preserve the buildings in most of their entirety, unlike this proposal. I hope to see the City approve D&S Development's project.
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