Thursday, April 19, 2007

Sacramento Boroughs?

The idea is interesting, and growing the city of Sacramento has benefits perhaps beyond increasing incorporations, but the names suggested might be a little more creatively designated.

Carlos Alcalá: Big Apple's slices sought for Sactown
By Carlos Alcalá - Bee Columnist
Published 12:00 am PDT Thursday, April 19, 2007

Boroughing trouble? Petitioners have enough signatures (plus 141) for Arden Arcade incorporation, so there's a chance the matter may reach the ballot. That's good.

Residents should get to decide whether or not to become a city. After all, people outside are also weighing in with ideas about what to do with Arden Arcade. Mark Sharp, a Sacramento landscape designer, has floated the idea of a borough system for Sacramento. That's boroughs, as in New York City's five -- Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island. Sharp envisions five boroughs here, too. No catchy names, just Central, North, South, West and East -- which would include Arden Arcade, as well as Carmichael and the area around Cal Expo. Why boroughs? For details, check out In short, Sharp is frustrated by what he sees as Balkanization of his own neighborhood and thinks Sacramento would benefit from being a bigger city, but with boroughs that have a degree of independent governance. "It's a type of government that could work here," he said. He isn't petitioning for it, though. "I'm just throwing it out." ...