Re "One chance to get downtown arena right" (Editorial, Aug. 4): More than the arena needs to be done right the first time. If we're truly serious about creating a vibrant 24-hour city, attracting jobs, strengthening farm-to-fork, and obviating the need to close urban schools, then Downtown Plaza and the Rail Yards must be developed with mixed income housing first and foremost. Lots of it.
Want to stop sprawl? Give buyers a choice and build for the huge new urban market, not sprawl. Jobs? Companies locate where their preferred workers want to live. Create a successful downtown, and the problem will be solved. Urban schools closing? More young families downtown mean more kids in school. Farm-to-fork? Save rural farms from sprawl development by letting people who want to live close-in buy urban homes.
That's where political leadership comes in, Mayor Kevin Johnson.
-- Alex Kelter, West Sacramento