SACRAMENTO (CBS13) â When the Downtown Plaza arena opens in 2016, you may have a whole new way to get to it as the Sacramento City Council examines new ways to connect the arena with the rest of downtown.
Ahead of the opening of the arena, city leaders asked the Urban Land Institute to create bold ideas to unlock the arenaâs economic potential.READ MORE: 4 People Taken To Hospital After 5-Car Crash On Highway 99 Near Elk Grove
One of the biggest ideas is taking the front door to Downtown Sacramento on Fourth Street thatâs a dead-end into a parking garage and instead reopening traffic to cars and creating an Urban Plaza.
âSo Fourth Street was the historical front door to the Sacramento station, the historic train depot,â said Jeffrey Goldman with the Urban Land Institute. âWe want to make Fourth Street the front door again.âREAD MORE: 'That Is Just Inhumane': Hidden Camera Captures Alleged Elder Abuse At Folsom Senior Living Facility
Fifth Street could also be in for a change, as it dips underneath the Downtown Plaza. The plan is to make it more pedestrian friendly.
âWhat we’re looking at is options to have shared space that could be for pedestrians and bicycles, we haven’t worked out the details for that yet,â he said.
The long-planned streetcar line between West Sacramento and Sacramento is also a key feature in the new report.MORE NEWS: 2 People Shot During Fight In Old Sacramento
âLight rail is very heavy, it creates a barrier, streetcars are much lighter, they’re much more compatible with a pedestrian environment,â Goldman said.