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State of Sacramento's Downtown: Could 2010 Be the Year?

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Kipp Blewett with the Downtown Sacramento Partnership hopes to see progress this year in four crucial areas that have stalled or failed in the past:
Blewett: “We would submit that a downtown sports and entertainment complex is one; a revitalized Downtown Plaza is two; the JKL corridor retail renaissance is three; and the largest, the Railyards, home to the grand central station of our region, is perhaps the largest of those four.”
Behind Blewett, a powerpoint presentation on a large projection screen spelled out the challenge: “The demand is there,” it said, “but the current product is weak.”
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson cautioned that a downtown arena is far from a done deal, but showed a lot of optimism about the neighborhood’s future.
Johnson: “I know you’ve heard this before, and it’s true: We’ve been talking about and waiting to see cranes in the sky. But we are closer than we’ve ever been to a new Entertainment and Sports Complex and to revitalizing our downtown area.”
And the keynote speaker, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, called for Sacramento officials and business leaders to work with cities throughout the region. After all, Hickenlooper said, a big city can’t succeed without strong suburbs – and a strong downtown makes the suburbs more attractive too.
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