A Year in Review: Sacramento 2015
By The Editors
So much happened in 2015. There is no denying Sacramento is growing and changing – Good or bad, for or against, we can all agree that Sacramento had some big moments this year. Here is our round up of 2015 topics that are the most memorable on our news feeds.
Naming of Golden 1 Center/DOCO
The downtown arena has begun to take shape before our eyes, and on Tuesday June 16, it was announced that Sacramento based Golden 1 announced a naming rights partnership with the Kings, officially naming the arena, the Golden 1 Center.
The Kings announced in September that they would develop the downtown plaza surrounding G1C into an entertainment district called the Downtown Commons or DOCO. DOCO will house eateries like Pour Society and Sauced BBQ and Spirits, Macy’s and the Downtown movie theater will remain in the space, and a brand new Kimpton Hotel will open in the revamped space. DOCO will also offer 50 luxury residences and 250,000 sq feet of office space.
On Saturday October 10 Lavender Heights unveiled vibrant new rainbow crosswalks at the intersection of 20th and K streets. Community fundraising efforts led by the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce helped raise $50,000 in five months to fund the historic project.
This year was another good one for foodies in the farm-to-fork capital. Dreamt up by some of the masterminds behind the vegan/vegetarian eatery Mother, Empress Tavern (a carnivore’s dream) opened to the public in early September.
In late June the newly revamped Paragary’s re-opened after a million dollar makeover.
Localis opened in the 21st and S street location that formerly housed Trick Pony and Tuli Bistro.
Cask & Barrell opened early in the year in the location on Del Paso Blvd that used to be home to Enotria, offering barbecue and american dishes with a modern twist.
Food Delivery and Requested App
Bay area transplants rejoiced when Postmates migrated to Sacramento bringing not only a new food delivery option, but also a lyft/uber type service to deliver almost anything you can think of, within reason. Caviar also launched in October, partnering with several local eateries. And Foodjets launched in November, offering delivery of pre-made meals in about 10 mins.
Requested also launched an app that allows you to not only get a discount at several local foodie favorites, but also handle your reservation and bill all on your smartphone, making your dining experience all the more seamless and easier on the pocketbook.
Sac Heroes Parade
Thousands of people lined the streets of downtown Sacramento on Friday September 11 as we honored our Hometown Heroes Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler and Alek Skarlatos. Stone, Sadler and Skarlatos rose to international fame when they helped thwart a terrorist attack August 21 on a Paris bound train.
Alek Skarlatos went on to represent Sacramento on Dancing With the Stars where he made it all the way to the finals!
TBD Fest 2015
TBD Fest brought the good vibes and good music in its second year in the West Sacramento location, attracting notable artists such as Tears for Fears, Pretty Lights, Porter Robinson and Tyler the Creator to name a few.
While we acknowledge the recent headlines about some of TBD’s funding issues, we still think the culture and innovation it brought to our region in September was worth a mention in this years round-up.
Kickoff of 2016 Mayor’s Race
As soon as Mayor Kevin Johnson announced he would not be seeking a third term it was off to the races. Soon thereafter Mayor Prop Tem Angelique Ashby announced her candidacy, and former President Pro Tem of the CA State Senate Darrell Steinberg announced his intentions to run as well. Two additional candidates have already entered the race. 2016 will be an interesting year for local politics as we choose our next city leader.
The Ice Blocks Fire 🙁
Two weeks before construction began on the redevelopment of the Crystal Ice building, it was the victim on the morning of November 7 of a devastating fire. The site which had been a symbol of a district that had undergone so much growth and had been the backdrop for innovative projects like Portal, was a symbolic loss for our city. Two and a half years of planning and preparation was lost in that fire. Fortunately, the plans to move forward with developing the space have not been permanently placed on hold. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for this historic space.
In June Sacramentans (Californians in general really) rallied around the capitol to celebrate the landmark ruling allowing same sex couples to have the constitutional right to marry. ’nuff said.
CA Craft Brewers First Summit
Sacramento is an emerging community for craft beer lovers and this last September we were lucky enough to host the first-of-its-kind CA Craft Beer Summit and Brewers Showcase! Capitol Mall trasformed into a never been done before event specifically for craft beer lovers, home brewers and industry members. Beer lovers came together and immersed themselves in hands-on education industry speakers and tastings! Cheers to this being a annual event for years to come in Sacramento.
There is no denying Sacramento has local art game. Bright Underbelly, Cap Dance Project, Portal Sac, are just a few 2015 projects that provided city wide excitement and interaction.
B Street Theater had a major win this year when the Sacramento City Council approved the additional $500,000 they needed to break ground on their new venue next year. The new space is expected to draw in up to 200,000 patrons annually, making it a much needed arts investment for the city.
Another big get in the art world was securing Jeff Koons to build an art sculpture in front of the new arena. Although the concept and price of the piece drew some negative public feedback, there is no denying it was a big moment for art in public places in Sacramento.
R Street Revival
The renaissance of R Street really began in 2014 but we could not leave it off of this years list. R Street has really come into its own this year with the unique addition of the WAL Public Market, Bottle and Barlow, Iron Horse Tavern, and the awesome and most recent edition B Side!