Sacramento Planners Hope for Revitalized Downtown Plaza

City planners reassert what many in Sacramento have known for years: that the city needs a remodeled downtown plaza, one that is less like a mall and more like city center.

"Calling the mall a 'physical barrier'... the team from the national Mayors' Institute on City Design reported the mall should be refurbished into an open mixed-use facility of retail, housing and work space," says Ryan Lillis.

"'It's conceivable that the type of retail and merchandise (there now) could still exist, but from our standpoint, it needs to be in a physical shape and form that's different,' said Brad Cownover, a design expert with the U.S. Forest Service. 'Right now it's an impediment, it's not the draw everyone wants it to be and it could be better.'"

Full Story: Urban planners see Downtown Plaza as key to revitalizing area

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