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Civic Pride

How six public places came to be

Civic structures help define a community’s identity. We feature six projects from throughout the Capital Region that have employed unique delivery models and creative design solutions to produce structures worthy of their calling.

Jun 12, 2018 Laurie Lauletta-Boshart

Point: Sacramento Needs Rent Control

Sacramento stands at a crossroads. Will it remain a place where teachers, firefighters, nurses and retail clerks can live in the same city as the people they serve? Will Sacramento maintain its identity as a diverse city; a place to put down roots and raise a family? Or will it succumb to the fate of other metropolitan areas, where the people who work to make our city run can’t afford to live here?

Jun 11, 2018 Cathy Creswell

Roseville Plans to Turn Historic Homestead into Events Center

For the past year, the Fiddyment House, a former pioneer homestead dating to the mid-19th century, has sat vacant in West Roseville. All around it, land is being developed into residential neighborhoods, as the owner of that historic house — the City of Roseville — considers the future of the property.

May 4, 2018 Graham Womack

Working to Preserve Sacramento’s Architecture

Preservation Sacramento is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the city’s historic places, and The Hive — Sacramento’s largest coworking community — recently expanded into a 15,000-square-foot space at the historic Cannery, which has been redeveloped into a business park.

Mar 9, 2018 Charles Vincent McDonald

Passing Up a Good Thing?

Mike Malinowski, president of the Streamline Institute, had a plan.

With 26 industry professionals, he set out to create a program that streamlines permitting for construction in the Sacramento region. The idea was that with clear standards for building document content and organization plus a checklist used by all participating jurisdictions, plan examiners, building officials and design professionals could be on the same page.

Mar 7, 2018 Russell Nichols

Meeting of Minds

In 2014, the City of Sacramento’s construction valuation (which tracks the dollar amount of issued permits) was $390 million, but by June 2018, that valuation will be about $1.5 billion (adjusted for inflation), according to Ryan DeVore, Sacramento’s community development director.

Feb 20, 2018 Russell Nichols