Originally Posted by BrianSac
Ya, I know, i was not serious, Stuttgart is light years ahead of us. Its not possible to have what they have in this century.
Our suburbs are already built.
Our model cities should be Portland, first, Denver, Second. Maybe Salt Lake, but have not been there recently.
Can you think of other cities we can/should take notes from?
Other note: How many think CEQA is the golden ticket for anti-development advocates. Should we modify CEQA? Is CEQA untouchable? How would we change it?
Does Portland have CEQA like hurdles to overcome and if so, how do they get things done? Honestly, Portland didn't do anything for me. I dont know anyone there, anymore, he moved to Seattle.... so that may be why I dont get Portland....need to visit again.
The cities that I like have a special cool energy about them, you just love to be in them, i.e., NYC, LA (despite the cars and suburbs), SF, Seattle, New Orleans (pre-katrina), Chicago, Miami Beach, etc.....Portland just doesnt have that energy, despite its greenery, hills, rivers. I'd like to think that Sacramento could be more than that.
Salt Lake City?!!!
No way in hell do I want Sac to even remotely resemble that dump. You know things like a thriving music scene, diversity, and having something to do past 8 do matter!
Denver I've heard some cool things about, I can't judge but it's so landlocked and surrounded by nothingness (in terms of other cool cities).
Portland has a very alternative energy to it. Right now half of it like the Pearl District has the energy of a smaller SOHO, with upscale condos, lofts, streetcars, and so much art. Powell's bookstore, the biggest in the country, is their. Then there's the other half of Portland, the Portland I grew up with, which is alternative, leftist, hippie, working-class, and sinful. Portland has the most strip clubs per capita, more in number even than SF, and the most breweries per capita. It's got a bit of an SF vibe, very liberal but less pretentious. Around Pioneer Square the community gathers and plans mischief, it's pretty cool. It does have energy, just not the type a religious person or conservative might be into.
Obviously Sac is a lot more moderate politically and the scene here is small, but it's got a bit of that Portland vibe to it. Sac really shouldn't model itself after anyone else though, even though the city council has clearly chosen to model the city after Portland, Sac needs to define itself and find what's unique about living here. I know at least in the diversity count we've got Portland beat. I'm always surprised when I go back to visit and struggle to find any minorities.