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Watering The Railyards: The Historic Water Tower

Watering The Railyards: The Historic Water Tower

A water tower stands tall against the Sacramento sky. At first glance it appears like any other relic from a bygone era - an unassuming steel structure weathered by time and seasoned by rust and graffiti. But this is more than an abandoned water tower; it's a historic Sacramento landmark. Its 100-gallon tank now filled with memories of a time when the railyards and rail shops in Sacramento were a thriving operation, supporting thousands of jobs in the region and helping to transport California's prize agriculture all over the country ...
How The Railyards Will Preserve its Historic Legacy

How The Railyards Will Preserve its Historic Legacy

The Sacramento shop yards were once the hub of economic activity and innovation in the region. At its peak, thousands of employees clocked in and out of the central shops in the railyards. Over time, new technologies emerged and the work performed in the railyards was transferred out of Sacramento up until the yard was closed in 1999. Many building and structures were demolished after the railyards were shut down. Only a single water tower and a complex of eight buildings, the central shops, remained. The Railyards Central Shops Today, the ...
Bringing Sacramento's Farm to Fork Culture to The Railyards

Bringing Sacramento's Farm to Fork Culture to The Railyards

Sacramento is surrounded by 1.5 million acres of farms and ranches and is home to the largest farmer’s market in the state. Local restaurants utilize the abundance of the products grown in the surrounding area to create innovative and fresh seasonal cuisine bursting with local flavor. While Sacramento has many distinct regions with unique identities, it’s this celebration of agriculture that has led the city to adopt the slogan of “America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital”. Sacramento has been a Gold Rush town, an epicenter for innovation and transportation, a government town, and ...
The Railyards Has a Role to Play in Sacramento’s Riverfront Revival

The Railyards Has a Role to Play in Sacramento’s Riverfront Revival

The waterfront has always been integral to Sacramento. The city was founded at the confluence of the Sacramento and American rivers and named after the former. The Cities of Sacramento and West Sacramento want to reclaim the riverfront and create one of the nation’s finest urban waterfronts. “The Sacramento Riverfront is positioned to become the next economic driver for the region.” - Urban Land Institute, Sacramento In 2003, the Cities of Sacramento and West Sacramento came together to create the Sacramento Riverfront Master Plan. The Riverfront Master Plan was the result ...
The Railyards Proves Urban Revitalization Draws Big Business

The Railyards Proves Urban Revitalization Draws Big Business

Urban areas are attracting big business, and that’s good news for Sacramento. The landscape of American business is undergoing a massive shift away from the suburbs and towards the downtown areas of cities. Over the previous few decades, companies had left the cities for office parks, where they could offer their employees large parking lots and suburban living. Now, however, the trend has begun to reverse itself. In 1960, 63 percent of the jobs in US metropolitan areas were located in cities. By 1996, however, that number fell to ...
Lessons Sacramento Can Learn from Successful City Bike Share Programs

Lessons Sacramento Can Learn from Successful City Bike Share Programs

A bike share program is coming to Sacramento. The initial rollout is placing 100 bikes and 20 bike parking corrals throughout downtown and midtown Sacramento, as well as the Waterfront District near The Railyards. With plans to make 800 bikes available by November, Sacramento may be gearing up to match the success of other cities’ bike share programs. A bicycle sharing system, also known as a public bike system, is a program designed to make biking more accessible in urban areas. Instead of having to keep track of your own ...
The Railyards: Planning an Active City Experience

The Railyards: Planning an Active City Experience

The Railyards is planning for an active city experience as it develops 244-acres of historically significant land into a vibrant and thriving mixed-use community for all of Sacramento to enjoy. The Railyards vision is to get people out and moving; whether that’s enjoying 30+ acres of open green park space or cycling through bike-friendly streets. And we’re not alone in our vision of an active city experience. We asked for your vision of residential living in The Railyards and you responded with enthusiasm for more trails for running, walking, and ...
7 Benefits of Bike Friendly Communities

7 Benefits of Bike Friendly Communities

Cities and communities across the US are investing big money in bike infrastructure improvements. It’s a plan that is paying off. When communities focus on being bike-friendly, the benefits are clear. From increased property values and retail activity to safer streets and healthier citizens, here are some of the reasons why cities are banking on biking for a brighter future. Biking Boosts Economies Bicycling is big business. Bicycling contributes $133 billion annually to the US economy, according to a report by the Outdoor Industry foundation. Studies show that the bicycle industry ...
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 ...