Thursday, December 24, 2015

Trapeze in the Trees

Our park gets a work out! I've seen people skateboard, rollerblade, jog, swim, bike, play tennis, horseshoes and tag but this was the first time I've seen aeriall artists. Lovely   

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

New Neighbor

I just met Matthew, the new owner of long-vacant The Mart building on 5th and W Streets. This week is a good time to stop by and meet him as he sells off all the computer supplies and office furniture left behind by the old owners. Once that is done he will open a home furniture store, CW Furniture.

It will be good to have some positive activity in that little corner of Southside Park.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Holy Land?

Someday I am going to calculate the ratio of houses of worship to residents in Southside Park. We seem to have most religions covered in our small neighborhood. And someday I am going to tell you about all of them. But today I feel inspired to tell you about this one, Tenrikyo High Sacramento Church.

When we first moved here my husband told me that back in the day his band used to play in a union hall on 6th and W Streets, which is now this church.

Surrounded by chain link and barbed wire, I thought it was a very unwelcoming place and basically ignored it. Then one day I saw an open gate in the chain link fence and this sign so I decided to pop in.

I am so glad I did. The feeling inside the fence was the polar opposite of the vibe outside the fence.  I could not have been more welcomed. Even though they were busy with their fundraiser,

the pastor's daughter-in-law and others took them time to show me inside their church.

When I said I was curious about what was behind the curtains, they opened them for me.

After we discussed their beliefs I confessed my feelings about the fence. After I heard about the crimes and violence the pastor and her family had witnessed on their corner in the past I understood the reason for the compound look. 

Southside Park has come a long way since "back in the day." I hope they can someday feel safe enough to not be so fenced in. Corny as it sounds, our neighborhood association is working hard to make Southside Park a little holy land, as it were, where all are welcome and safe.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Lofty Plans

I recently got to tour the jump-started Capitol Lofts project on R street just east of the the Fox and Goose. With the recent restoration of the historic R Street corridor its desolate shell is an eyesore.

And 11th Street doesn't look too good, either.

So it was really fun to learn of the plans - both for restoration and new construction - for this section of the stretch.

Plans are for artists' live-work lofts above with both non-profit and retail art space at street level.

Our tour group got a hazy view of the interior,

peeked out damaged windows,

and imagined the new energy on R Street with even more art in our hood. Lucky us!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Hippest New Corners in Town

I've been watching a couple of corners for awhile, anticipating the transformations they were about to undergo. Here is a January photo of the one on 3rd and V, leveled and cleared for new housing.

And here is the first new home on the corner.

 It's a Net Zero Electrical Energy Home with a pretty cool website.

The other corner I am excited about is at 9th and T Streets.

The transformation to a dog/car wash is progressing. 

If you want to move to the new hippest place in town, you'd better buy that house on 3rd & V fast!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Forewarned is Forearmed

It appears there will be a water fight in our park this Saturday. Here are the details. Plan accordingly.

Over 600 people have responded on FaceBook that they are coming.  Too bad they are not coming early to help with the park clean up.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Park Budget Cuts?

I took a walk around our park this morning and boy o boy was it ever busy. Grass watering and street work on 8th and V...

... and major shore work on the east and south of the lake.

When I first glimpsed the construction site I assumed it was the promised replacement for the trees the city removed - the ones that blocked the park view of the freeway. But this is much more than trees. A worker on the scene said the improved shore line will include more elevated fishing spots and better walkways.

Hard to believe all this is being done when the city cannot afford park maintenance. The funds must be from some previously awarded grant. Anyhow, this coming weekend volunteers will have only part of the shoreline to weed.