For the most part, we’ve all got day jobs. You can tell that I’ve got mine by the lack of posts on this blog. However, some very exciting news has lured me back to the site. The Downtown Plaza has been sold! Thank you JMA Ventures!!
Now, finally, there is some real hope that redevelopment can finally begin downtown. I started getting my hopes up with the Maloofs were teasing us with a stadium deal. But somehow in the back of my mind I knew it couldn’t be real. But the Downtown Plaza deal is real and I’m excited. Let’s go Downtown!
Welcome to my blog about the K Street Mall. Why a blog about a street? Mostly because a number of years ago I used to work Downtown and spent a lot of time shopping on K Street. I rode the Lightrail to and from work. Enjoyed the Thursday Night Market. (Remember that?) I liked K Street. It is a unique creation that you don’t find in most other cities. More than anything, I want it to succeed.
But K Street is also the “canary in the coal mine” for Downtown Sacramento. Not long ago, in doing research for this blog, I went Downtown to K Street again to have a look around. It was an eye-opening experience. The economic downturn has hit Downtown hard and K especially so. Much of the retail space along K is vacant or underutilized. It’s no wonder that, with all the talk about Downtown Redevelopment, that K Street always seems to be an anchor.
But let’s get back to that point about having a blog about a street. Why care at all? I’ve been thinking about this a lot in preparation for this introduction. Mostly, I think, because it matters. It matters to me because Sacramento matters to me. I’ve lived here in Sacramento for more than half my life. This is my community and I want to help, in whatever small way a blog can help, to make it better. Downtown doesn’t have to be a smoldering economic crater and it won’t be. Not with some good ideas and a little work.
So that’s it then. A blog about K Street. A little bit of cheerleading and optimism for making Downtown a better place to be. And because it will be better on K Street, it’ll be a little bit better all around. Let’s get started!