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Sacramento’s Downtown Specific Plan Aims to Transform City

Sacramento’s Downtown Specific Plan Aims to Transform City

In 2015, the City of Sacramento launched the Downtown Housing Initiative. This ambitious plan aims to add 10,000 new housing units to Downtown Sacramento over the next ten years. The initiative, set in motion by former Mayor Kevin Johnson, plans to re-energize the downtown area into a vibrant, pedestrian-oriented, urban neighborhood.  Now, the City of Sacramento is looking to expand this plan even further with the Downtown Specific Plan, which looks at growth opportunities for the area over the next twenty years and beyond.  The goals of the Downtown Specific Plan ...
Will the Railyards Bring Walkable Urbanism to Sacramento?

Will the Railyards Bring Walkable Urbanism to Sacramento?

The vision for The Railyards development project is a mixed use urban village, a highly walkable community with nearby amenities, employment, housing, entertainment, sporting, and cultural events at hand. Will The Railyards bring walkable urbanism to the Sacramento area, and what are the benefits of living in a community that relies heavily on alternative forms of transportation such as walking, cycling, and public transport? What is Walkable Urbanism? Walkable urban places (WalkUPs) are communities that contain a wide range of housing and employment types, where residents’ daily needs can be met ...
The Railyards History

The Railyards History

The history that shaped the Sacramento Railyards is at the heart of California’s rich and complicated beginnings. As the area became a new state, California was shaped by powerful forces of innovation, Mother Nature, and even a touch of luck. Throughout the journey, the Sacramento Railyards were at the heart of it all. A Stroke of Luck Kickstarts the Golden State, and the Rush is On In 1848, California’s history was forever set in motion with the discovery of gold in the Sacramento Valley. At the time, California had just been transferred ...
Forging Economic Success

Forging Economic Success

The Sacramento Railyards in Downtown Sacramento will be an important part of continued economic growth in the Sacramento region. By diversifying the types of employment in downtown Sacramento from largely public sector jobs to a more balanced mix that includes more private sector jobs such as medical, innovation based, and other tech employment that offer higher wages, The Railyards will “develop a sustainable local economy that can take the city into the next generation,” according to Frank Myers, partner with Downtown Railyard Venture, LLC.   The Railyards: Developing for Diversity The Sacramento Railyards ...
Designing Urban Open Space (Part 2)

Designing Urban Open Space (Part 2)

(Part 2 of a 2 part series about Open Space in the Railyards) Sacramento neighborhoods are often identified by their iconic parks.  Land Park, Curtis Park, or Southside Park are some of those unforgettable public spaces where residents can get together and have fun.  When you look at the Specific plan you will notice our strategy on how we intend to build a strong sense of community through the creation of beautiful parks and open space. The Railyards team is working with AECOM, an internationally recognized architecture and design firm, to ...
Designing Urban Open Space

Designing Urban Open Space

(Part 1 of a 2 part series about Open Space in the Railyards) One of the first things visitors notice about Sacramento is that we love our outdoor lifestyle.  We ride our bikes or walk to our destinations and typically we prefer to enjoy our lunch in an outdoor café or patio. So we know that creating vibrant, unique experiences in the public open spaces and parks is essential to assuring a successful urban village like the Railyards. The Railyards team hired AECOM, an internationally recognized architecture planning and design firm ...
Cycling in the Railyards

Cycling in the Railyards

We’re grateful to the Railyards team for giving us this opportunity to write about the Railyards’ bike plan. Our mission at SABA is to improve the region’s quality of life by enabling more people to choose a bike for everyday travel. Projects like the Railyards present especially important opportunities to serve that goal. When it’s fully built out, the Railyards will be home to half of the Central City’s residents, many new employers with thousands of employees, and such regional destinations as the historic Central Shops, a new Kaiser Permanente ...
Preserving the Railyards' Past

Preserving the Railyards' Past

Sacramento’s Railyards has a storied past that reminds you of its strong connection to technology and innovation. As the team looks to the future, they had to look to the Railyards past. With so much character in the Central Shops, it’s almost like you can hear the walls talking. The Railyards has a rich history of trains and railroad technology dating back to the late 19th century when Sacramento served as the western terminus for the Transcontinental Railroad. The Central Shops, which remain largely intact today, operated as one of ...