Good Enough is not good enough

Published: Monday, Apr. 28, 2014 - 10:04 am
Last Modified: Monday, Apr. 28, 2014 - 12:45 pm

Re"McKinley Village, while imperfect, is good for Sacramento" (Editorials, April 28): The Bee supports the suburban-density projects of McKinley Village and Sutter Park, as well as the unknown-density ancillary developments near the proposed arena, and says it also supports the city general plan.

But the city general plan anticipates 97,000 new housing units by 2030. You can't get there from here without a specific series of projects that increases density in downtown, supports walking, biking and transit, and provides the population needed by our downtown businesses, especially those that will only be partially supported by the arena, but will need nearby residents, and lots of them, to be their repeat customers.

The city has a chance at it, but only if it requires a written agreement with the arena developers that specifies minimums, not maximums, for what housing comes after the arena is built. Without that, the ancillary entitlements should wait.

-- Alex Kelter, West Sacramento

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