Jessica Kriegel is right that Sacramento is a great place to live (“A big-city transplant warms up to River City,” Forum, Jan. 10).
Also that its virtues are not widely recognized, especially by Sacramentans. However, even her rosy assessment depreciates the true attraction of our area for a lack of some peripheral vision.
I do not intend to be critical. The development in the city of Sacramento is truly exciting and greatly contributes to the quality of life of our region. And what a magnificent region in which we live.
Where else can you choose to locate where you can choose from so many different living environments – traditional suburban, rural, backcountry, agriculture and, yes, urban – and still be a commutable distance to work?
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But wait, as they say in those commercials, there’s more. The recreational, entertainment and dining attractions in our region outside the urban core are as many as they are grand.
Take, for example, the American River Parkway and its recreational opportunities. Or any of the miles and miles of scenic bike trails from Delta levies to foothill backcountry.
And have you ever been to Sutter Street in Folsom, downtown Davis or Woodland or quaint Hangtown, also known as Placerville, or taken in outdoor entertainment at the Fair Oaks Theater Festival, or offerings at UC Davis’ Mondavi Center or the Folsom Lake College Harris Center Three Stages?
I’m running the risk of offending by excluding. But you get the idea.
I love that Kriegel has come to love Sacramento and so eloquently toot our civic horn. But Sacramento the region is so much more. And that gives the important opportunity of connectivity that she articulates so much more potential.
Roger Niello is former president of chief executive officers of the Sacramento Metro Chamber, and a former assemblyman.