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How the Railyards Plan Encourages Cycling and Walkability in Sacramento

How the Railyards Plan Encourages Cycling and Walkability in Sacramento

Could Sacramento become the “Walking Capital?” Active cities that prioritize pedestrian and cycling activities bring many benefits to residents and visitors alike. The City of Sacramento is committed to pedestrian and bicycling improvements through various pedestrian programs and projects and has set a goal of becoming the most livable city in America. The Railyards has planned a pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly community to help the City reach it’s goals. If you’re curious about how easy it will be to walk or bike the Railyards, keep reading. We’ve got all the Specific ...
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 ...