Eighth and K streets — the heart of downtown Sacramento.
On weekdays, the sidewalks are bustling. But look around, you’ll see many vacant storefronts and some signs of revitalization.
John Ketchum works at Boost Mobile on K Street. He’s counting on a boost to business when the arena opens down the block next October.
“Bring the nightlife, the development to downtown, hopefully it generates a lot more business, a lot more revenue,” Ketchum said.
He’s optimistic, but he admits, when the sun goes down, they tend to avoid the area.
“On this end? Dead!” he said.
The Downtown Sacramento Partnership is trying to change that by bring more light to the area.
“Whether it’s a pre-game or a post-game, we want to make that experience a lively one. So lighting is a key factor in that,” said Dion Dwyer, director of community services for the Downtown Sacramento Partnership.
Dwyer says next week LED lights will go up along K Street, from Seventh to 13th streets.
The lights are one of many enhancements for downtown as the city prepares for the new arena and the crowds it’ll bring downtown.
“I like to tell people Sacramento has a giant open house … and it’s October 2016,” Dwyer said.