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Is Sacramento’s Downtown Plaza Worth Saving?

Is Sacramento’s Downtown Plaza Worth Saving?

Every time I head to downtown Sacramento, I always stop by Old Sac.  Old Sac has a fun and thriving environment.  With the candy shops, tattoo parlors, the Train Museum, and the feel of stepping back into the old western times.  From Old Sac, there is a tunnel on K Street that goes under the I­5 highway; connecting Old Sac with the Downtown plaza.  The tunnel usually has paintings on either sides of the walls and sometimes has people playing music.  When you walk out of the tunnel the Downtown Plaza is right in front of you.  Walking through the plaza, the atmosphere is really gloomy.  There are not many people that visit the mall on a daily basis.  Now with part ofthe mall under construction, due to the new Kings Stadium; much of the mall is gone.  Many of the stores do not get a lot of customers.  I would say the main stores for me would be; Starbucks, Forever XXI, Century Theatres, and Macy’s.  Due to to the new Kings Arena, the mall will not be getting much attention.  To me it seems like the mall is still standing just to fill space until something better is decided to replace it.  I don’t think that much can be done to save the mall.  Pretty soon most of the department stores will be going out of business.  Relocating the mall would be a good idea, but in Downtown there is no place to put it.  Adding more popular stores wouldn’t really be beneficial because the new stores would take over the stores that are already there.  The best thing to do, I think would be to make the Downtown Plaza more of a town square centered round the Arena, with restaurants replacing the department stores.  That way it could be a family event when going to see the Kings play.  For now the mall is still standing.  Only time will tell what will become of the Downtown Plaza.

B Carpenter

This blog post is compliments of the General Store and Deli 500 Capitol Mall Suite #130 Sacramento, CA 95814.