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As Sactown turns 10 with this issue, we peer into the future and see what the next 10 years have in store for Sacramento. From a leafy pedestrian park on top of the historic I Street Bridge to a floating pool barge in Old Sacramento, we highlight some of our favorite projects currently in play. Judging from this inspiring group of civic endeavors, it looks like our region’s best days are yet to come.



Designs Within Reach 2016
Hold on to your hard hats: We’ve got the lowdown on eight of the most exciting developments set to go up in our region, including a new downtown skyscraper designed by I.M. Pei’s firm, a pair of chic boutique hotels and the triumphant resurrection of The Ice Blocks. Here we rise—again.




Top of the Town
Seattle has the Space Needle, New York the Empire State Building. We build on our own lofty ambitions and spotlight ideas from architects around the country for observation towers in and around our downtown. Any one of their visionary creations would take Sacramento to dizzying new heights.

The Art of Architecture
An extraordinary arts community sprouted in the fields of UC Davis in the 1960s. Now, with the opening of the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum, a building every bit as innovative as the art it houses, the legacy of that improbable era of California art history is on glorious display for all to see—and touch.


A bold plan to build a dramatic new planetarium has cratered. But if we act fast, we have a shot at the greatest dome in town since the Capitol; an Oak Park farming family puts down roots in a food desert; singer-songwriter Jackie Greene takes us behind the music and breaks down his set list for his New Years’ Eve concert at the Crest; sushi mecca Kru marks a sea change with a move to splashier digs; life’s a beach in Sacramento with the debut of a sandy pop-up installation


Riverfront Q&A
After six years on the Sacramento City Council in the ’90s and a career in the Capitol that peaked with his role as Senate president, Darrell Steinberg won a hard-fought mayoral campaign in June. As he gets set to take office in December, he shares his thoughts on his top priorities, being a strong mayor and even his morning workout routine.




riverfront qaPlay
The Daily Show’s Hasan Minhaj returns to his native Davis to perform his one-man show, Homecoming King; Cyndi Lauper’s Broadway smash Kinky Boots kicks up its heels at the Community Center Theater; the force is strong in Sacramento as Harrison Ford leads the newest class of inductees into the California Hall of Fame




Mexico City just got a lot closer to Carmichael with the opening of Mesa Mercado; Wildwood boasts art both on and off the plate; a new tiki bar in midtown impresses with its immersive isle style; Blackbird takes flight for a third time; Ninja Sushi rolls with the best in Roseville




Why Not Here?
Sacramento just acquired its first Jeff Koons sculpture, but another is available that was actually inspired by our city’s history. And unlike most trains, its timing couldn’t be better.