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Mixed News on Sacramento Riverfront Development

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Crowds gathered on the renovated promenade next to the railroad tracks yesterday for a ribbon-cutting with Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and other officials. Cyclists Gene Craig and Richard Clothier were among the crowd. They marveled at the new path, with its park space, benches and other perks.
Craig: “We’d been riding up and down here for years anyway, so yeah, it’s a nice improvement.”
Clothier: “We used to have to ride across the gravel and across the big bear tracks to get to this portion of the trail. So this is really a nice addition.”
This was the first of four phases of work on the promenade. The three-quarter mile stretch from the Tower Bridge to R Street cost $5.4 million, paid for by a mix of state and local funds. Eventually, the promenade will stretch to Miller Park south of Broadway, but the city doesn’t have the money to do that yet.

What's more, the city’s planning department says the ambitious Docks development along the river has stalled too. The project would mix housing and retail with parks and open space – but now, it’s likely on hold for at least another year.
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