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The Big Picture

The Big Picture

In the world of performing arts centers, a funny thing happened on the way to profitability: Hollywood movies. Here’s how Sacramento can become a star of stage and screen.

A Bridge with Curve Appeal

A Bridge with Curve Appeal

A new architect has been selected to design a $172 million bridge planned for the Sacramento River. Early ideas include observation decks, High Line-style landscaping and a soaring arch. We weigh in. You can too.

A Tale of Two Towers

A Tale of Two Towers

In recent months, proposals emerged for two of the last opportunity sites on Capitol Mall. Each tells a very different story about civic ambition, smart planning and political prudence, or the lack thereof.

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A Current Event

A Current Event

As concerns over climate change increase, cities around the world are preparing for rising water levels. One Dutch artist is helping people visualize the potential impact. Our flood-prone River City should dive right in.

Let's Get Vertical

Let's Get Vertical

How do you combine public art with a skyline-defining structure and create an international tourist destination for adventurers? One very careful step at a time.

Elevating Art

Elevating Art

Public art is surging in Sacramento, but some of our greatest potential canvases are hidden right below our feet.