Urban Design Dialogue on K Street Issues Sept. 30

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Empty storefronts still dominate parts of downtown Sacramento's K Street, as shown in this photo taken in April.

Empty storefronts still dominate parts of downtown Sacramento's K Street, as shown in this photo taken in April.

What will the City of Sacramento do about the K Street Mall?  I’m bringing it up here, even though the main focus of this blog is on the Poverty Ridge/Newton Booth/Alhambra Triangle neighborhoods, because what happens with our city’s downtown area affects all of us.  If we don’t have a downtown we can be proud of, then it’s hard for us to take pride in Sacramento as a whole, isn’t it?

In particular, I’m bringing it up because there’s an important Urban Design Dialogue coming up very soon that will discuss K Street.  It’s co-sponsored by the Urban Design Alliance – Sacramento and the Downtown Sacramento Partnership; and it really ought to be attended by anyone interested in the state of K Street and our downtown.  Here’s the info:

Wednesday, September 30, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 5:30)

The Crest Theatre (1013 K Street)

Free admission (though donations are welcome).  Light refreshments will be provided.

The panelists for the discussion are:

Ken Kay, of Ken Kay Associates (San Francisco) – Urban Designer

Midge McCauley, Downtown Works (Washington, D.C.) – Retail Consultant

John Long, DKS Associates (Sacramento) – Transportation Engineer

Q&A Facilitator:  Bob Chase, of the American Institute of Architects and the Urban Land Institute.

The three main topics on the agenda are:

Design (issues of historic preservation, use of the space, relationship of K Street to the rest of downtown, safety issues, et al.);

Commerce (balance of residential/commercial uses, issues of local vs. “big chain” businesses, possibility of a permanent farmer’s market or public market, et al.); and

Circulation (i.e., the street’s transportation issues – light rail, cars, bikes, pedestrians, and how to integrate them…and whether to bring back cars to K Street).

These are really important issues for our city to grapple with–and this sounds like it’s going to be a very important discussion.  If you are at all concerned about downtown Sacramento and its future, this event should not be missed.

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One Response to “Urban Design Dialogue on K Street Issues Sept. 30”

  1. tidepress Says:

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