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5.8) The Geography of Sacramento.




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This article is from the Sacramento FAQ, by David F. Prenatt, Jr. with numerous contributions by others.

5.8) The Geography of Sacramento.

Having sojourned in many California communities for months at a time,
I would have to say that the most distinctive feature of Sacramento
geography is its still evolving business architecture. While many
business establishments are housed in newer buildings that are
obviously commercial in nature (especially in the more recently
developed downtown area), the vast majority of small businesses in the
Greater Sacramento Area use older buildings and blend into the
neighborhood communities that they serve. Strip malls are quite
uncommon; a small marquee over a store's door is often the only
indication that a commercial building even contains a retail
establishment.
Many older private homes have been converted into storefront
operations. The relative antiquity of the buildings that house
business establishments (along with their typically residential
location) comes with a price tag. There is very little free parking
during business hours anywhere in Sacramento, and most parking is
limited to two hours or less. For this reason, I tend to use public
transportation to get around Sacramento during the day.
The physical geography of Sacramento is flat grassland, subject
to seasonal flooding. Unlike the nearby San Francisco Bay Area,
Sacramento is seismically quiet. This is one of the main reasons that
Sacramento is becoming more and more attractive to high tech
industries from the South Bay, earning the nickname Silicon Valley
East.

 

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