Views On Development, Sacramento Style

-This morning, my Peet’s coffee jerk said something shocking. There is a new building going up on the corner of 19th and S in the Safeway marketplace across the parking lot from Peet’s, and in reference to it she said, “How funny would it be if a Starbucks went up there.” Then she laughed maniacally. I love Peet’s employees for their coffee cockiness. They basically dare SBUX to move into their neighborhoods so that they can demolish them.

-A prominent article in the bee discusses development for West Sacramento. From the tone of the article, it sounds like most folks are looking forward to the change and the facelift planned for Capitol Ave. However, one resident complained that development brings traffic. “West Sacramento used to be sort of country, and now it’s getting like the rest of the county,” he says. Good point, sir. Things aren’t what they used to be since the Indians left.

-Since the wife works for a prominent construction company, we often feel torn when looking at new developments around town. It usually goes like this:
ME: Look at that, they cut down that nice oak to put up a parking lot.
WIFE: It’s a shame, but that parking lot is very well graded. Look at the evenness of the asphalt. Impressive!
ME: I love you schnookums.
WIFE: I love you honeybunny.

-Driving down Fulton Ave between Sierra and Arden, you see several newer housing developments. Each one of the developers starts by putting up a large wall, then piling houses behind the wall at the rate of 6 houses per acre. Pretty soon, the entire stretch of road will be nothing but walls on either side. When that happens, I propose that we rename the street something catchy like “Turkey Chute Alley” or “Developer’s Gorge.” Feel free to interject your own proposed name to city planners.

2 thoughts on “Views On Development, Sacramento Style”

  1. That would be funny, especially given that there’s already a SBUX inside the Safeway.

    Traffic is a byproduct of a growing population. Unfortunately, the region is just going to have to get used to it, or do something to mitigate it that doesn’t include trying to get all the new people to locate somewhere else. They’re going to live in somebody’s back yard.

    I hate walled off developments. But I suspect they’ll argue that they needed the walls to keep out the traffic noise on Fulton. I haven’t been out that way in a while. How about “Stay Out of Our Neighborhood Boulevard”?


  2. UR: You are correct that traffic is a natural byproduct of growth, and some folks in the economic development realm point to traffic and lack of parking as a sign of a vibrant regional economy. I think a lot depends on where you are, however. Traffic somewhere like New York or Chicago is pretty much acceptable, given their easy transit systems and round-the-clock eateries and entertainment venues. Traffic in Citrus Heights? Not so much.

    At least the walled developments on Fulton are attractive and landscaped. I don’t like the walls either, but they could be much worse. Further north, the Fulton Ave District has done some really nice median work with custom concrete, bricks, and vegetation. They even have a website: (I still have no idea what that “Daniel’s Fogon Waffle Kings European Food” place is though.)


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