Think Big About Riverfronts

Sacramento has many wonderful natural assets, including its relatively moderate weather patterns—as we are so reminded of witnessing the weather tragedies in other parts of the country—and chief among those assets is the two major rivers bordering our community.

Given their centrality, it is very heartening to read that Mayor Johnson continues to focus on developing our riverfronts, as reported by the Sacramento Bee, including a major league baseball stadium, especially given the troubles the A’s are having in Oakland, reported by the San Francisco Chronicle.

The Chronicle article also describes some very creative entertainment/stadium/arena type plans that are also applicable to Sacramento, noting Oakland’s plans:

“That plan is called Coliseum City. The mayor calls it “Staples on Steroids,” a reference to Los Angeles’ entertainment mecca, Staples Center. Coliseum City would feature venues for one, two or three of the teams, as well as a convention center, hotels, restaurants and stores.”

An excerpt from the Bee article.

“His quest to construct a new sports arena in Sacramento now on hold, Mayor Kevin Johnson said Tuesday he was broadening the focus of his Think Big arena task force to explore other large projects throughout the city’s downtown.

“That committee – which raised roughly $500,000 over the past year in its effort to build a new arena for the Sacramento Kings – will begin by focusing on development ideas for the downtown railyard. While an indoor sports arena remains a possibility, Think Big will also examine the feasibility of a long list of concepts that includes a major league baseball stadium, corporate headquarters and an entertainment district.

“Think Big will also explore how best to redevelop the city’s riverfront, continue the revitalization of K Street and work on a plan to revamp the Westfield Downtown Plaza. Johnson said the committee – made up of local elected officials, business representatives and union leaders – would continue to operate with private funds.”

About David H Lukenbill

I am a native of Sacramento, as are my wife and daughter. I am a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of San Francisco. We live along the American River with two cats and all the wild critters we can feed. I am the founding president of the American River Parkway Preservation Society and currently serve as the CFO and Senior Policy Director. I also volunteer as the President of The Lampstand Foundation, a nonprofit organization I founded in 2003.
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