K Street (Sacramento)

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K Street is a historic street in Sacramento, CA. It spans from Old Sacramento, through Downtown Sacramento and Midtown Sacramento, ending in East Sacramento. It is a primary shopping, dining and entertainment street for Downtown, Midtown, and Old Sac. Department and other large stores that once lined K Street included: Breuner's, Weinstock's, Hale's, S. H. Kress & Co., Roos/Atkins, Montgomery Ward and Sears. Cinemas included the Crest, the Senator, the Hippodrome and nearby, the Alhambra.

The path of the street roughly (but not exactly) follows the line from Old Sacramento to Sutter's Fort, which existed as a trail before Sacramento was founded.[1]K Street was closed to all automobile traffic between 1969 and November 12, 2011, between 13th Street and Westfield Downtown Plaza.[2] In November, 2012, the K Street Mall was rebranded "The Kay", and now functions as a shopping area.[3] In May 2014, the Sacramento city council approved a public subsidy deal to build a downtown arena. The re-use of the failing Downtown Plaza shopping mall was seen as a possible catalyst to bring revenue and people to Downtown. Today, K Street is undergoing re-development, with many businesses still active.

Department and other large stores that once lined K Street included: Breuner's, Weinstock's, Hale's, S. H. Kress & Co., Roos/Atkins, Montgomery Ward and Sears. Cinemas included the Crest, the Senator, the Hippodrome and nearby, the Alhambra.

The path of the street roughly (but not exactly) follows the line from Old Sacramento to Sutter's Fort, which existed as a trail before Sacramento was founded.[4]

Landmarks along K Street include:[5]

  • Downtown Commons including a Macy's department store. he majority of the site is being redeveloped, centering on the Golden 1 Center, future home of the NBA's Sacramento Kings.
  • 701 K: St. Rose of Lima Park
  • 726 K: Former Tower Records
  • 801 K: Renaissance Tower (1989)
  • 818 K: Kress Office Building (1931)
  • 900 K: River City Bank
  • Former Hale's - then Weinstock's department store, 9th and K
  • 1013 K: The Crest Theatre (1949)
  • 1019 K: Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament
  • 1201 K: 1201 K Tower (the “Ban Roll-On” building, 1922)
  • 1211 K: Esquire Imax Theatre (1940)
  • 1215 K: Esquire Plaza Building
  • Alhambra Theatre, directly beyond the eastern terminus of K Street at 1025 Thirty-First Street, now Alhambra Boulevard

References

  1. ^ Sacramento's K Street: Where Our City was Born, William Burg
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-02-21. Retrieved 2012-12-15. 
  3. ^ http://fox40.com/2012/10/10/k-street-becomes-the-kay/
  4. ^ Sacramento's K Street: Where Our City was Born, William Burg
  5. ^ K Street Mall website
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