Letters to the Editor

Broadway is already cool

An investment group is planning a mixed-use “foodie” community at the northwest corner of 19th Street and Broadway, where Pho Bac Hoa Viet restaurant now stands.
An investment group is planning a mixed-use “foodie” community at the northwest corner of 19th Street and Broadway, where Pho Bac Hoa Viet restaurant now stands. egarrison@sacbee.com

Broadway already is restaurant row

Re “Investors plan ‘foodie’ housing, restaurant project on Broadway” (Local, Aug. 29): Broadway is already a restaurant row for Sacramento. Broadway includes some of Sacramento’s best dim sum at New Canton, the kitschy Pancake Circus, along with Mexican, Japanese, Thai and American fare. Many of these are successful businesses with loyal customer bases going back decades.

When a developer says that Broadway is not cool, they are really saying that the rent is too low and it’s time to bring in expensive establishments that plan to emulate “concepts” that were popular in larger American cities years ago.

Instead of forcing out small businesses and replacing them with a trendy “restaurant row” and “a foodie community,” Sacramento should work with developers to improve the quality of life for low- and middle-income families. Sacramento has serious problems with homelessness, food deserts and sparse public transit, but we seem to ignore practicalities while being obsessed with superficialities such as chasing what’s “hip and trendy.”

Jason Orta, Sacramento

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