Cars on K Street? City Wants Public's Input

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, August 21, 2009
Pedestrian-only malls were once “the next big thing,” back in the 60s and 70s. Cities hoped they’d increase foot traffic – and therefore increase business. Instead, they’ve mostly done the opposite. So many cities have reopened them to cars. Sacramento’s K Street Mall is now one of the last ones left in the country.
Fritzsche: “Some people that have businesses along K feel like there’s not visibility for them, people don’t know that they’re there.”
Leslie Fritzsche is with Sacramento’s economic development department.
Fritzsche: “Most of the places that converted areas to pedestrian malls have reopened them, seeing them as a way to increase economic vitality and vibrancy to the corridor. So we hope that it does the same for K Street.”
So the city hopes to start a two-block pilot project sometime next year. But first, officials say they want to gauge public opinion. They’ve launched a short web survey that’s open through Noon Saturday. The final say, as always, belongs to the city council. A vote could come sometime next month.