“I can remember 35 years ago when solar energy was associated with, I don’t know, bean sprouts and whatever else alternative people were doing in those days. Well, this is not alternative anymore.”
— Gov. Jerry Brown said at an event in San Francisco to promote electric vehicles and other alternative fuels
[photo via Shaun Wood/flickr]
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]]