Screening: Eames – The Architect And The Painter At Crest Theater, Sacramento

Charles and Ray Eames

True design blends form and function. Charles and Ray Eames were among the great 20th Century American designers who conquered design challenges in almost every product available: buildings, furniture, games, toys, etc.

Narrated by James Franco, the documentary Eames: The Architect And The Painter (2011) hopes to capture the spirit of these two designers. The California Museum is sponsoring a special documentary screening at the Crest Theater (6 March 2012 at 6:30-10:00 PM PST) in commemoration of Sacramento native-Ray Eames’ 100th birthday.

[photo via Hammer Museum]

Yolo Causeway From The Bike Path’s Perspective

Over the Yolo Causeway

I’ve driven over the Yolo Causeway countless times between Davis and Sacramento, California. While I’ve enjoyed the car and walking tours at the nearby Vic Fazio Yolo Wildlife Area, unfortunately I have not yet crossed it on foot or pedal.

By most accounts, it’s very unpleasant because of the wind, noise, and exhaust. However, if I could stop for a few moments to enjoy the middle ground between freeway and nature (sort of), the trip might actually be worth it.

View from the bike path :: Sacramento to Davis, California from 2cycle 2gether on Vimeo.

FYI: soothing music may help.

[photo via queenkv/flickr]

Recent Traffic Calming Improvements In Midtown Sacramento

Traffic Calming Devices Ahead

The City of Sacramento recently completed additional traffic calming improvements, such as establishing four-way stops at a couple of intersections and installing street medians, in south Midtown.

Below is a map of the recent improvements (may not include all of the improvements, but just the ones I encountered). Ping me if I missed something within the area’s vicinity, and I’ll add it.

Below is a photo of the street median installed at the intersection of 22nd and V Streets.

Street Median, Midtown Sacramento

[photos via Dani Simmonds (top) | PJ (bottom)]

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]]