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Funny little piece from the Sacramento Bee (free registration may be required for full text) about some new rental development that is part of the revitalization of downtown Sacramento.
New style of apartments in Sacramento
There are 400 rental units in two buildings about to be available, in addition to several downtown condominiums coming on line in a couple of years. Apparently, new downtown residential development is a novelty for California’s capital city, and probably falls under the general heading of ‘re-urbanization.’
The funny part starts with the two new rental buildings being high-end lofts.
John Dangberg, Sacramento’s assistant city manager for economic development, said the new residential projects are not only larger than those that have previously opened downtown; they’re "offering a product that has never been offered."
"From a qualitative standpoint, they’re a step up, in terms of their finishes, the urban experiences they provide, the design of the units, and the volume of the units," Dangberg said. "Plus, they’re mixed use. You’ve got retail on the ground floor and residential above."
One of the happy renters provides the punch line:
"Now we can call this a city," said Nadal, gazing out from a seventh-floor penthouse with bamboo flooring, granite kitchen countertops and a living room wall made almost entirely out of glass.
"Sacramento’s not a town anymore."

I wonder how Sacramento placed in the CNNMoney.com top big cities rankings….
© Sandy Mattingly 2006
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