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Sacramento is Celebrating Bike Month and Hosting Amgen Tour of CA

Sacramento is Celebrating Bike Month and Hosting Amgen Tour of CA

Spring has arrived in Sacramento. The sun is out, the Sacramento and American Rivers are full and flowing, and the cyclists are out on the roads. May is a bicyclist’s paradise in the state’s Capitol and this May cycling enthusiasts have even more to enjoy. Spring has brought the Amgen Tour of California and a host of Bike Month events to Sacramento. 2017 Amgen Tour of California America’s largest cycling race is coming to Sacramento. The Amgen Tour of California runs from May 11 - 20, 2017. The Amgen Tour of ...
7 Reasons Families Are Moving To The City

7 Reasons Families Are Moving To The City

Choosing where to live is never an easy decision, especially for parents or parents-to-be. After all, there are certainly benefits to rural, suburban and urban life. However, one trend has become apparent over the past few years—urban living is VERY attractive to younger, millennial parents. There are many reasons why today’s parents are moving their families to big cities and urban areas, here are seven of the biggest. #1: More Job Options Nearly every industry offers more jobs in city centers than in outside areas. However, the biggest indicator of job opportunities ...
5 Lessons from the World's Most Sustainable Cities

5 Lessons from the World's Most Sustainable Cities

How do you measure the sustainability of a city? By using three pillars of sustainability: people, planet, and profit. At least, that’s how design and consultancy firm Arcadis and the London-based Centre for Economic and Business Research assessed and ranked the sustainability of cities across the globe to come up with a list of the most successful and sustainable cities in the world. Three Pillars of Sustainability People: Rates quality of life by assessing areas such as health, income equality, work-life balance, dependency ratio, crime, housing and living costs. Planet: Measures ...
Top 5 Most Bike Friendly Cities in America

Top 5 Most Bike Friendly Cities in America

People want to live in active communities that are walkable, bikeable, and playable. When people live in communities that are designed to move, they experience resulting economic, social, health, safety, and environmental benefits. Many cities across the US are realizing the numerous benefits of becoming more bike-friendly, but some are clearly leading the pack. The cycling experts at Bicycle.com recently compiled a list of the most bike-friendly cities in the U.S., using transportation data and interviews with experts, advocates, and every-day cyclists to create their list. Here are some of the ...
Sacramento Valley Station Master Planning Workshop

Sacramento Valley Station Master Planning Workshop

Do you visit the Sacramento Valley Station? Located in downtown Sacramento, the Sacramento Valley Station (SVS) is the seventh busiest station in the country and the primary rail station in Northern California. The City of Sacramento is transforming this historic train depot into an updated regional transportation hub that provides user-friendly connections between all modes of transportation - train, light rail, bus, bicycle, taxi, auto, and pedestrian. Sacramento is Invited to Participate in the SVS Planning Workshop Community feedback is essential as the City of Sacramento embarks on the initial phase of ...
The Railyards Residential Survey Asks For Your Vision of Urban Living

The Railyards Residential Survey Asks For Your Vision of Urban Living

If your vision of home is a vibrant urban community with exciting amenities at your fingertips, then The Railyards wants to hear more from you. The Railyards has a vision of a thriving, 18-hour urban village located in the heart of Sacramento. This vision includes residential housing units that provide unique experiences and on-site amenities that can’t be found anywhere else in the Sacramento region.  We want to know what YOUR vision of residential living at The Railyards looks like.  Take The Railyards Residential Survey Now Now is your chance to make your ...
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 ...