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Old Posted Apr 22, 2017, 2:12 PM
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Obviously it's an unscientific survey. Sacramento ranks pretty low on tourist totem pole and the one place they most likely to visit is Old Sacramento which in no way represents the average Sacramentan. But I imagine most of the readers/responders haven't even visited Sacramento and are therefore going on reputation rather than first hand knowledge.
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Old Posted May 29, 2017, 12:58 PM
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Sacramento Public Market / Farmers Market

Has there been any news or progress on developing a Public Market in Sacramento? I find it hard to believe the city touts itself as the "farm to fork capital" and yet it still doesn't have a permanent central gathering spot.

I still think a temporary market at the former Greyhound station on L street would make a great interim Market until the city finds a more permanent solution. Maybe the R street corridor will provide a permanent location...?
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Old Posted May 29, 2017, 4:42 PM
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We had one from the 1920s until the early 1970s, now it's the lobby of the Sheraton on J Street. There was also an attempt to create a "public market" along the Old Sacramento waterfront in the 1990s, but it didn't go over well and other than one or two vendors there are no remnants of it. The persistence of our weekly farmer's markets makes for a good substitute, though, distributed into neighborhoods.

The Greyhound depot on L would make a great medium-sized market building to serve downtown residents, assuming that enough housing gets built in the CBD to justify something more robust than a corner bodega. There is a Raley's going into the R Street corridor between 9th and 10th, a new "515" concept they're positioning as an "urban market."

The problem with trying to promote a single "central permanent gathering spot" for a public market in Sacramento is the question of how to get people there--in a low density region like ours, that means cars, and parking lots in the central city are a deal breaker. As it turns out, it's tough for a metro region of 2 million people to come together in a small place unless there is plentiful parking. That said, there is room for a similar concept in plenty of places--the Greyhound depot is great for a downtown-specific market, but if you wanted to go grander, you could do it in parts of the Sacramento Valley Station depot, or the Southern Pacific shops buildings--one of the previous Shops developers did a pop-up "public market" in the Paint Shop a decade ago that people seemed to enjoy. That might be the closest equivalent to a San Francisco Ferry Building style public market, but it will still depend on getting people there, and don't count on big free parking lots in the Railyards, ever.

The "farm-to-fork capital" thing is and always has been a restaurant-marketing scheme, it's not really based on anything different from what every other city in the country calls "Farm-to-Table" or "locavore" movement, but we use "farm to fork" because a local marketing firm copyrighted it. We're the "Farm-to-Fork Capital" because, and only because, anyone else who uses it (without paying a licensing fee) gets a sternly worded cease-and-desist letter.
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Old Posted Jul 6, 2017, 12:13 AM
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I just noticed the federal courthouse is lit up tonight. I'm assuming it's for the MLS visit since "they" did that last time as well. It makes such a difference on the skyline. I know most of these are gov't buildings, does anyone have any idea who we could petition to have these lit all of the time? Wishful thinking, but thought I would ask.
They should have been on July 4th.
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Old Posted Jul 6, 2017, 6:15 AM
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When MLS made their scouting visit, Matsui Courthouse AND 1000 I Street (Cal EPA - yes it has crown lights, albeit it looks like strung holiday lights) AND the Ziggurat across the river were all lit. Made an astounding addition to the nighttime skyline. Jumped in my car and drove into downtown from several angles - Tower Bridge, I-5 north and south, I Street Bridge, and 160 into 12th Street. Next time - cross your fingers - I'll take pics.
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