Monday, June 23, 2008

Downtown Sacramento Partnership

Last Thursday I was able to see a presentation given by Michael Ault of the Downtown Sacramento Partnership regarding the initiatives, short-term, and long-term vision for our downtown areas. There is a lot of great stuff going on.

When the DSP was first formed in 2001, its original goal was to initially "clean up" downtown in order to make way for development. The current mission of the DSP is to establish downtown Sacramento as the vibrant arts, entertainment, business and cultural destination of the Greater Sacramento Region through effective public-private collaboration for the benefit of residents, visitors and investors. How, you may ask? There are plans for many new, unique residential lofts, condos, townhomes, and detached "loft homes" that will fit many different price ranges. There are also plans for more office space, more fine dining, more parks, a river front promenade, more museums, more parking, and better public transportation. Also - more events a la Second Saturday, Farmers Markets, festivals, etc.

I remember when I was younger, the general consensus was that downtown Sacramento was not exactly a great place go hang out. There were some events then (mid 90's) - specifically the Thursday Night Market, and some various concerts in the parks that were always fun to go to, but really that was the extent of anything interesting, aside from some karaoke bars and a handful of clubs.

I am glad to see that there are some great plans to continue the revitalization of our downtown! There are amazing initiatives in the works.

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