The recent news about the efforts to delay/stop the arena by asking the public to vote on it—which we have pretty much done already through our representatives on the city council—is an example of the type of very small-minded strategy so often pursued by the environmentalist movement against dams for water storage and flood protection or suburban developments to accommodate growth.
In this case it is not the environmentalist movement, but the results will be the same, the strategy too often results in harm to the very community the delayers/stoppers claim to be helping and in this case, also impacting the Parkway.
Downtown development will benefit the Parkway as more people living and working in downtown will want access to a safe and well-taken care of the part of the Parkway bordering downtown and North Sacramento.
Someday, we will see the major hotels downtown offering free bikes to guests with a map of how to get to the Parkway bike trail and not worry about their guests being threatened or attacked on the trail by an illegal camper from the homeless community, many of whom are wanted criminals; which has happened in recent memory.
For too many years the downtown/North Sacramento part of the Parkway has been forgotten when describing the Parkway as the crown jewel of the region, but with a vigorous bout of downtown development the spillover to the Parkway will be of benefit to us all, and perhaps even justify the crown jewel designation.