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 October 21, 2013  raising world citizens, Sacramento

Exploring Sacramento, CA {Show Me Your Neighborhood Around the World} - Alldonemonkey.com

I am so thrilled to be participating in the incredible series put together by my friend and fellow Multicultural Kid Blogs board member Annabelle of piri piri lexicon.  In this series readers get a chance to tour neighborhoods from all over the globe – from France and the Brazil to Kansas City and San Francisco!  Go to the main page for a full schedule of stops in this virtual world tour.

We live in Sacramento, best known as the capital of the state of California.  As a result, no matter how much our bigger California brothers (San Francisco, Los Angeles, etc.) may look down their noses at our small city (and especially its basketball team!), we are always guaranteed a seat at the table thanks to being the place where lawmakers and lobbyists gather to keep the state political machine moving.

 

1. Playground/play area

Exploring Sacramento, CA {Show Me Your Neighborhood Around the World} - Alldonemonkey.com

We are blessed with many parks, from small corner playgrounds to larger complexes with sports fields.  This is one of our favorites.  Like most in this area in includes two different “tot lots” – one for toddlers and one for older children. There are also picnic tables, a large open field, and a baseball diamond.

You can also see the shade structures that were installed in the past few years.  As temperatures here regularly pass 100 degrees F in the summer (nearly 38 degrees C), these were a very welcome addition.

2. Local mode of transportation

 Exploring Sacramento, CA {Show Me Your Neighborhood Around the World} - Alldonemonkey.com

 A friend of mine jokes that this is the official vehicle of our mothers group, since so many of the moms have one, often in the same color.  It can be confusing for the kids when it’s time to leave the park!

Everyone owns a car; most families own two.  While there is decent public transportation in Sacramento, it primarily serves the older parts of town.  Bicycling is popular, but mainly for recreation.

3. Typical house

Exploring Sacramento, CA {Show Me Your Neighborhood Around the World} - Alldonemonkey.com

Dressed for Halloween, but already planning for Christmas!

Most homes and buildings in our area are in the same earth tones you see above.  You can also see that even these large homes are built very close together.  Most have fenced-in backyards, but these also tend to be fairly small.

4. A street nearby

Exploring Sacramento, CA {Show Me Your Neighborhood Around the World} - Alldonemonkey.com

I love to go out walking with Baby in the stroller.  We live in a quiet neighborhood, and it’s a great place for walking.  We are friendly with our neighbors, but for the most part people keep to themselves.

5. A school, nursery, or other educational facility

Exploring Sacramento, CA {Show Me Your Neighborhood Around the World} - Alldonemonkey.com

Since my sons aren’t school age yet, I decided to take photos of our wonderful local library, where we spend a great deal of time.  It has won awards for its environmentally friendly features and innovative design.  It is a joint-use facility, which means that it serves the high school, community college, and the wider community.

6. A market, supermarket, or other shopping outlet

Exploring Sacramento, CA {Show Me Your Neighborhood Around the World} - Alldonemonkey.com

Okay, so Costco is not actually in my neighborhood, but it is where most of us go to shop.  If you have kids, you probably also have a membership to Costco.  You can’t beat the prices, and after a while you even come to enjoy the warehouse atmosphere.

Exploring Sacramento, CA {Show Me Your Neighborhood Around the World} - Alldonemonkey.com

This is currently Monkey’s favorite aisle.  He loves to look at all of the Christmas light displays, which have been up since September.  But the real reason he comes is for the snacks.  There are stations set up throughout the store where customers can sample featured products.  Part of the fun is you never know what they’ll be handing out that day!

7. Blogger’s choice: The housing crisis

Our part of town is near the edge of the city and was only really developed within the past 15 years.  Before that it was mostly fields, and in the winter many residents must deal with visiting field mice who don’t realize that it isn’t their home anymore.

Exploring Sacramento, CA {Show Me Your Neighborhood Around the World} - Alldonemonkey.com

There still are many open fields in the area, including this one across from a busy shopping center.

Exploring Sacramento, CA {Show Me Your Neighborhood Around the World} - Alldonemonkey.com

Most of these fields were slated for development when this area exploded during the housing boom.  Development crashed just as quickly, however, and now many streets end abruptly in empty fields such as this one, which will be turned into a park.

Exploring Sacramento, CA {Show Me Your Neighborhood Around the World} - Alldonemonkey.com

Here are condos, as seen across an empty lot.  It was cleared for retail development several years ago but still displays a “for lease” sign.

Exploring Sacramento, CA {Show Me Your Neighborhood Around the World} - Alldonemonkey.com

The other major challenge facing developers (and home owners!) are the levees that surround the city.  Our part of town in particular is in a flood plain, one reason the area was not developed for so many years.  During the housing boom, the classification was miraculously changed to allow for increased development, but in the wake of Hurricane Katrina this was more difficult to justify.  After Katrina, in which the levees protecting New Orleans failed catastrophically, there has been more attention on Sacramento’s levees and a campaign for increased funding to maintain them.  For those that already own homes in this area, it means having to buy expensive insurance in exchange for living in such a high risk area.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this tour of our neighborhood in Sacramento!  Be sure to visit the other stops in this tour of neighborhoods around the world!

Show me your neighbourhood around the world

  18 Responses to “Exploring Sacramento, CA {Show Me Your Neighborhood Around the World}”

  1. I loved this look at your neighborhood and I think it’s so cool that the park has a special area for the little ones. It was also really interesting to read about the levees and housing boom!

    • Thank you! And yes, it is nice to have equipment just for the little guys, although they always want to go where the big kids are!

  2. Love your pictures. Many thanks for taking part. It looks like a fairly new town, is it or is it just this area?

    • Thank you! Sacramento itself started nearly 200 years ago during the California Gold Rush (1840s), but this area was just developed in the past 15 years or so.

  3. So interesting to see the huge differences just an hour and a half away from where we live. Berkeley shows no signs of ever having had a dip in the real estate market. Prices and demand are as strong as ever! Nice getting a glimpse of your neighborhood.

    • Yes, it’s amazing how different things can be! Even other parts of Sacramento experienced the housing boom and bust differently. Thanks for the visit!

  4. How exciting to finally virtually tour your neck of the woods! Beautiful pictures! I felt as I was walking/driving around with you as you shared your neighborhood. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Love this post Leanna! What a beautiful area you live in. Yes – we love our COSTCO!

  6. Such a beautiful place. Did I tell you one of my husband’s aunts lives there? I am not sure which one though!

  7. That playground looks very tidy. Perhaps because I got used to the ones with loads of trees and flooded by fallen leaves during autumn. 🙂

    Thank you for the tour.

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  9. Thanks for sharing your neighbourhood. Interesting insight into the housing crisis too.

  10. thanks for this! I have not been back to Sacto in forever! I grew up there for a short while and my Dad lived there for 29 years. It is a nice little place to visit and so close to many bigger cities to have fun at.

    • How fun! Yes, I think one of the major advantages of living here is that you are so close to so many wonderful places to visit, but without all of the headaches that can go along with living in those bigger cities.

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