This article in the Sacramento Bee from Councilmember Allen Warren is excellent, reminding us of the importance of highlighting the natural assets we have to attract, sustain interest and care for our wonderful natural resources; of which our rivers are truly among the best.

An excerpt.

Having been born and raised here, I cannot remember a time when Sacramento possessed this much forward momentum. Of course, there is the new downtown arena for the Kings and a potential Major League Soccer franchise.

But beyond the prestige promised by an enhanced national sports presence, natives as well as newcomers can see neighborhoods reawaken, sense new economic confidence and feel the rapidly growing vibrancy of our urban core.

How can we connect these dots into realizing an even bigger, unified vision? Fortunately, the answer is relatively easy and fast compared to what we have already achieved. A river walk created as part of the downtown railyard development can magnify our gains while capitalizing on Sacramento’s core strengths, not to mention its defining identity.

What we have now in Old Sacramento is a great start and a wonderful foundation from which to build. Any day, you can overhear visitors speaking languages from throughout the world. I’m proud of that. But Google “river walks in the U.S.” and you won’t find Sacramento on the top lists that pop up. It’s not because what we have is bad. You just need to think about what we could have compared to other cities that do make these lists.

Take San Antonio, which developed a thriving, visually vibrant river walk even though it isn’t alongside a natural river. It’s manmade.

We live at the confluence of the Sacramento and American rivers, which rival any others in historic significance, natural wildlife and scenic beauty. However, this isn’t about joining the crowd or once again emulating Portland, Ore. – another great river walk city – but instead seizing a natural opportunity presenting itself at exactly the right time, place and state of mind.

Retrieved October 22, 2014 from http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/california-forum/article2930300.html#/tabPane=tabs-667eea02-2

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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