Sacramento’s new pioneers are reshaping the city’s skyline and its streetscape, from midtown to downtown to nearby neighborhoods. The city is witnessing an urban renaissance generated by young Sacramentans and new transplants who see unlimited possibilities and the beauty this region offers.
These innovators view Sacramento as a great place to live, work and play, and they are overflowing with ideas about how to make this city a destination. We’re asking them to write about their vision for Sacramento and what the city needs to do to get there; what’s the city’s potential and what is holding up the progress.
Read about their ideas, their plans and their projects, and tell us what you think. In the spirit of the new year, give us your ideas to make the Sacramento region more exciting, more engaged and more of a community.
Share your ideas with the form here. We’ll publish some of your responses at sacbee.com and in The Sacramento Bee newspaper. Click the links below to read the “New Pioneers” essays so far. Watch for more as the series continues in 2016 in California Forum, on sacbee.com and in The Sacramento Bee.
I am a “placemaker.” In the parlance of the creative economy, “placemaking” is the process of shaping dynamic public spaces that transform where we reside into where we live. It is a process of molding our physical environment into neighborhoods, public amenities and gathering places that reveal and celebrate the rich character of a community.
There is an unexplainable zeitgeist moving through Sacramento, an unspoken understanding that a shift is happening in the region. I call it “city-actualization”: the idea that a city possesses everything it needs to make it great, and all it must do to reach its full potential is to put people who truly love the place in positions to make a difference.
When I think about the identity of Sacramento, I immediately think of “the river” – around here the term identifies the American and Sacramento rivers. I also think about the more regional concept of “the Delta.” In Sacramento, “the river” and “the Delta” have shaped the growth of our city as well as its identity, and will continue to do so as we grow. As Sacramento continues to expand and we redevelop our downtown core and riverfront properties, we are in position to rethink our urban environment and explore new models of urban form that integrate the river.
It is an exciting time, but there is much to do to develop millennials and better incorporate them into the Capitol community so they can influence state and local government. Millennials – who tend to be more collaborative and forward-thinking and seek to change the world – offer the prospect of taking California’s political accomplishments further and achieving more.
If you ever want to gain a little perspective on how Sacramento treats its creative community, drive 8,700 miles across 27 states for six weeks to talk to people about their career paths and how they create in their city. You will likely return a changed soul.