Starting at the fountains and grove of dwarf palms outside the Convention Center at 13th and K Streets, the mall extends six ... More
K Street Mall
Starting at the fountains and grove of dwarf palms outside the Convention Center at 13th and K Streets, the mall extends six blocks west to the Downtown Plaza. Along the way there are two specialty movie theaters (Esquire IMAX and The Crest, a renovated repertory theater), diverse shops, bars, sidewalk cafes and restaurants. Through the years, artists have graced some of the old buildings with murals. A Regional Transit train periodically interrupts the life of the mall to pick up and drop off commuters and shoppers.
i like the fact that it is literally connected to old sacramento... a sleu of old time stores with classic old western style that gives you a sense of what sacramento was before it turned into what it is today... it has lots of better stores than a lot of places have and its right down the street from the capital... it may be a little of a down side to the rich snobbs but for the average shopper you will be able to find a lot of quality stores with a good selection to choose from
I loved it because I saw the most beautiful shirt in the entire world there (even though I couldn't afford it.)
And my friend found BoBoBo, which they had been looking for.
Me and my three friends leaned over the rail upstairs and one of my friends said that if her mom were right down there, she'd have taken a picture of us. The way we were standing reminded me of a 90s sitcom in New York for some reason.
As any native Sacramentan knows, the history of K Street Mall reflects the evolution of Urban Renewal in the U.S.
Beginning around 1980, the decision to turn K Street into a pedestrian thoroughfare from a city street was an idea plagued with the inexperience of Sacramento City Managers and elected officials.
Almost immediately after the street became pedestrian-only, most of the fledgling businesses went belly-up, as city planners struggled to find parking, improve the aesthetics and anchor the mall with traffic-drawing businesses.
Gottschalks, Liberty Bell, Nordstrom and other small endeavours tried, but failed to make the location worthwhile. The homeless hassled consumers and the retail density made the mall an arduous, exhausting, almost marathon distance to trek.
Adding a second story and enclosing the mall from the elements has made all the difference. Parking is ample and free to shoppers and the enclosure has allowed mall security to nearly eliminate the homeless problem (except for the final, open-air leg of the location. Historic Old Sacramento at one end and the historic Crest Theatre and Expanded convention center with adjoining Sheration Grand and Hyatt Grand hotels, adds interest, traffic and diversity to this unique mall, which runs adjacent to the State Capitol and beautiful Capitol Park.
The drawbacks remain the homeless issue in the downtown area, something particularly troublesome to the liberal-minded town that treats its homeless so well that they increase the problem rather than solve it. The issue of the homeless must be treated nationally or at least statewide in order to prevent the congregation of the problem in cities with big hearts, like Sacramento. But the mall thrives during business days as government workers get personal shopping out of the way during lunch, and this urban mall beats any suburban traffic jammed mall everyday of the week.
The last reviewer is correct. I used to live in the general area and we used to walk to the both malls pretty often. The K Street Mall is actually a pedestrian area along K St. that is closed to auto traffic, just east of the Westfield Downtown Plaza. After years of dilapidation, the City is embarking on a number of revitalization efforts. The historic Crest Theatre and the IMAX are in this area and so is Pyramid Brewery and a few other restuarants and shops. Many of the buildings are vacant for now but probably won't be for long. The scary factor comes from the many residential hotels (flophouses) in the area as well as the Greyhound Bus station. Its worth taking a walk through to witness the transition of this neighborhood. Just go during daylight hours ;)
Most of these reviews are actually of Westfield Downtown Plaza, which is adjacent to K Street Mall. K Street is actually a street closed to traffic with the light rail running down it. It's a dilapidated part of town and sometimes a little scary. The Westfield Downtown Plaza was an attempt to spruce up a portion of K Street, banking on the large Macy's department store. However, the crowds didn't spill over to K Street. There are some interesting shops, some gritty, but it's not that bad.
This mall is truly dreadful, despite some nice features like Smtih & Hawken teak chairs and tables with umbrellas to use in between shopping. The real problem is there's just not a good mix of stores. It's all very downscale, nothing terribly exciting, no international magazine store like you'd find in San Francisco, and it's all very predictable. The farmers market held here on Thursdays (in season) is very good, but the mall itself needs a better mix. The layout, too, is dreadful, with the bulk of the food being all the way down at the west end of the mall. I work at the east end of the mall and since it's next to shelters, the bus station, city services offices and so on, it's full of homeless people, skater types, obnoxious youth going nowhere, and sometimes deranged homeless peope. Heaven forbid anyone should want to eat something healthy like a salad from a salad bar where salad is sold by weight. Despite being on every other corner in New York City I have to LEAVE the mall and drive to the co-op for my lunch because all the food sold in the mall is unhealthy fattening crap. Dreadful.
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