The Conversation

The Conversation / Loving Sacramento

Roshaun Davis, co-founder of Unseen Heroes, offered a four-step guide on how to make a difference in Sacramento.
Roshaun Davis, co-founder of Unseen Heroes, offered a four-step guide on how to make a difference in Sacramento. jvillegas@sacbee.com

In the second installment of the series “New Pioneers,” Roshaun Davis wrote about how an epiphany changed the way he interacted with the city of Sacramento. Davis, co-founder of Unseen Heroes, offered a four-step guide on how to make a difference in Sacramento and how to shape the future of the region.

For last Sunday’s Conversation, we asked: What do you think Sacramento needs to do to reach its full potential?

Aaron Smith – Encourage more tech startups to locate here. Approach city planning with a plan that also includes revitalization, like what you see with the new Kings arena.

Aasim Yasir Ali – Sacramento is very diverse, but it needs an area of town to bridge the gap between culture and race.

Jennifer Suzanna – Develop the waterfront.

Charlie Baker-Boyd – I’d love to see Sacramento spend the money to finally put a deck over I-5 and connect the city to the river.

Candice Hatch – Great article. Having come from somewhere far away from Sacramento, I love it here and think that the city already has the basic ingredients to be actualized. Now it is utilizing those ingredients to its best potential.

David Pimentel – Charles Barkley said that Sacramento is a rinky-dink city. You would think otherwise for being the Capitol of the state but nooo!

Artemio Arguello – With the new Kings arena in place, the downtown grid will benefit from economic growth. To enhance the growth, we should make downtown accessible by expanding light rail to West Sac, Natomas, the airport and Roseville, as well as building more parking structures to accommodate people. We need to take advantage of our river system to build a river district as a destination for tourists just like San Antonio. The railyard needs to be completed with an MLS stadium in place to match the economic development spurred by the Kings arena. We need to improve and expand service of the Amtrak Capitol Corridor train to allow people to work in the Bay Area but buy homes in Sacramento. We need to market the port of Sacramento as a viable business tool for new industrial businesses. Sac State has to improve its identity to attract students from everywhere and not only appeal to the local student base. We are the capital of California so we need to grow and act like we are the capital city of this great state.

Patrick Dunn – Great article. And what does it say when this kind of article attracts thoughtful and real comments instead of the usual trolls? It’s also not surprising that a lot of these ideas involve community, infrastructure and the arts. More of this, please.

Jeanne Daly – Thank you for writing an article that articulates how I feel about Sacramento. Although not a native, I’m from Pendleton, Ore., I lived in Pleasant Grove and worked in Sacramento. When I moved to Portland in the ’90s, I would fly back to visit every chance I could. The moment I walked out the door of the air terminal, I smelled “home.” You could actually smell the sunshine and the rice fields and the Sacramento River. I felt peace and happiness. Thank you for reminding me how beautiful a place it still is.

AL Kendrick – It has begun again and again and again. It is an ongoing process. The new arena will be a catalyst for entertainment. The riverfront needs to be developed fully. Light rail needs to network the airport, the suburbs from Roseville to Elk Grove and everywhere in between. The railyard needs to be finished. Wish we could move the A’s here to upgrade to MLB.

Johnna Magee Humbert – I’d love to see Old Sac closed to car traffic, so it was safer for pedestrians. And more support/advertising for the events hosted there.

Chipper Garcia – Sacramento is our adopted city. We fled our hometown in the Bay Area over 30 years ago and never looked back. Anyone who says they’re bored hasn’t tried very hard to engage in what’s happening here.

Laurie Lynn – I guess that depends on whether or not you want to keep Sacramento a small, friendly, affordable town, or a big, expensive, ugly metropolis.

Aimee Pfaff – Expand light rail to the burbs; enact real programs to help the countless veteran, youth and mentally ill, homeless in the county; enforce much stricter water conservation rules; do more to help residents eliminate grass and water wasting landscapes; start putting solar on every rooftop to eliminate or reduce our dependence on dirty gas and electricity. Ban cigarette smoking in public, countywide.

Rose Mary Hemmingsen-Clemons – Sacramento needs to develop its riverfront areas, more than they are. They could actually be a vacation destination, if done properly. The Riverwalk in San Antonio is the perfect example. Also, create the ability to go to the mountains or to the ocean, from Sacramento. Having seen the East Coast, it has nothing on our beautiful Sierra, and our California-Oregon Coast. I was actually disappointed with the ocean front areas on the East Coast. California and Oregon have it all.

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