Revitalize Main Street Through Art?

Inkworks Press Building Facade

Are artists the secret to revitalizing Main Street? (Matt Hansen of The Week)

An excerpt:

Many city planners looked to the prominent example of Manhattan’s Lincoln Center, the arts complex built as part of an urban renewal program in the 1960s, as the gold standard for what arts could bring to a city.

Sacramento To Celebrate Return Of Car Traffic On Former K Street Mall With Parade

K Street Mall, Sacramento

It is official… cars and their traffic will return to Sacramento’s former K Street Mall. And to celebrate, the City of Sacramento is celebrating with a parade on 12 November 2012 (4PM to 9 PM PST), which perfectly coincides with this month’s Second Saturday.

What a coincidence!

November 12 Festivities

12th & K Stage

4:00 PM – Opening Ceremony & Car Parade
5:30 PM – Ballerinas & Breakdancers (courtesy of Rowena & Takashi)
6:00 PM – Sizzling Sirens of Burlesque (courtesy of Marilyn’s on K)
6:30 PM – Smirkers (courtesy of Marilyn’s on K)
7:30 PM – Mariachi Latino (courtesy of Mayahuel)
8:00 PM – Spazmatics
9:00 PM – Stage closes

See Downtown Sacramento Partnership for more activities, including a walking tour.

Long Time Coming

It has been a long time coming for K Street Mall. A pedestrian mall was a great idea for the corridor decades ago. It did not work for various reasons.

The most significant reason would be sprawl. Sure, shopping malls had impacts, but when more people lived outside of the Central City than inside, there really was too much competition.

A lack of downtown residents did not help either.

While that may seem obvious, given how much money the City of Sacramento pumped into reviving K Street Mall through the decades, there was definitely a lack of consistency in policies as City Councils continued to approve new fringe development (think Natomas and thankfully not Greenbriar) while also trying to spur downtown economic development–two conflicting policies indeed.

[photo via Hi-Lo [Sacramento]]

Explore History: Sacramento Archives Crawl On October 1

University Archives

In celebration of National Archives Month, the City of Sacramento is hosting its first ever “Explore History: Sacramento Archives Crawl” on 1 October 2011 (11AM-4PM). Archives and Special Collections libraries from around the Sacramento region will share rare items, such as historic photographs and artifacts, from their collections.

This FREE event; sponsored by the Sacramento History Foundation, California State Library Foundation, Gordon-Goldstein Foundation, and Hoppy Brewing Company; will take place at four Downtown Sacramento locations:

Visit at least three of the locations for a pretty cool prize.

Looking south over Sacramento River with I and M Street Bridges in view, Southern Pacific Rail yards in foreground, Sacramento, CA, ca. 1930

Among the participating institutions include:

-California Department Of Transportation
-California State Parks Archives
-California State Railroad Museum Library
-El Dorado County Historical Museum
-Little People Of America Archive
-National Archives At San Francisco
-Placer County Museums Archives & Research Center
-Sacramento Historic City Cemetery Archives
-Society Of California Archivists
-Temple/Congregation B’nai Israel Archives
-Yolo County Archives

This event represents a unique opportunity to view rarely displayed historical items. Please click here for exhibit locations.

[photos via University Libraries, University of Maryland | leiris202]

Think Big Sacramento To Unveil “Nexus Report” On September 8

Proposed Sacramento Downtown Arena Complex

Think Big Sacramento will unveil its “Nexus Report” for the proposed Entertainment and Sports Complex (ESC), aka Downtown Arena, to the public at The Grand Plaza Halls (1025 Ninth Street, Sacramento) on 8 September 2011 (at NOON PST).

Notable guests, including Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, State Senator Ted Gaines and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, will be on hand to discuss the new strategy to build a new sports arena in Downtown Sacramento, keep the Sacramento Kings sports franchise, and help stimulate the regional economy.

For further reading on the project, please read the Economic Engine Report (PDF) and the Capital Corridor Impact Report (PDF).

[image via Think Big Sacramento]