Paddle Boarding in Southside Park? A New Look at What Downtown Needs

What’s the best thing about downtown Sacramento? Its restaurants. The worst? The lack of housing for average workers.

Those are two of the findings from an online survey the city took last month, asking what people like about the capital city’s core area, what they don’t like, and what amenities would make downtown a more vibrant place.

Some results are no surprise: Crocker Art Museum got most mentions as top art gallery.

Other results make you stop and ponder Sacramento’s duality as a small town becoming a big city: Harlow’s, a popular J Street nightclub in business for decades, got as many votes for favorite entertainment venue as the massive Golden 1 Center arena.

“If there’s a message (in that), it’s we need to make sure our local roots stay a part of the mix,” said Gladys Cornell of AIM Consulting, which helped the city put the survey together.

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