Re "Arena drive picks up speed" (Our Region, Feb. 24): I have questions about our downtown mall. At first my city councilman assured me the new owners of the mall had good intentions and would improve the mall. When pressed he finally admitted our beloved downtown mall was part of a plan to make way for a new arena.
Everyone acknowledges that the former Westfield owners neglected the mall and oversight by the Sacramento City Council has been dismal. For families who live in the western corridor, downtown and midtown area of Sacramento, the Downtown Plaza that is our shopping mall and the heart of Sacramento for us.
An arena won't invigorate downtown. It won't draw people downtown except for special events. Otherwise it will just sit there as a big old monument to Mayor Kevin Johnson.
-- K. Ruth Foote, Sacramento