Construction finished on busy blocks of R Street
The noise, dust and fences are finally gone from R Street, the former industrial corridor that has emerged as Sacramento's hip new bar and restaurant district. Over the past few years, the city has rebuilt the streetscape, and it finished the last blocks -- between 13th and 16th streets -- in June. The street officially reopened on June 23 with a free, day-long block party.
Mayor Darrell Steinberg kicked off the festivities with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
Lined with new shops, loft housing and restaurants, R Street has become a symbol of Sacramento's growing urban scene. The New York Times recently named it one of the best places to visit on any trip to the capital.
The resurgence of R Street didn't just happen. It took 20 years of redevelopment work by the city and the Capitol Area Development Authority, a joint city-state agency created to develop state-owned land around the Capitol.