Sacramento Is a City on the Verge

What do Garth Brooks, Jeff Koons & George Karl have in common?  From the outside looking in, you may not see the connection between these 3 men and what they imply for the future of our capitol city… Chris Macias & Tim Swanson at the Sacramento Bee recently detailed the 9 Reasons Sacramento Is a City on the Verge “of some sort of Gladwellian tipping point, transforming into a place that’s far different from what it was even three years ago.”  Among their reasons are Jeff Koons’ multi-million dollar art piece that will be placed in front of the new arena downtown, the Kings recent hiring of head coach George Karl and the positive trajectory of the team, as well as Garth Brooks’ upcoming 6 night residency at Arco Arena from March 27 – April 1.  Just in case you had forgotten that Sacramento is a city on the rise, here are 9 more reasons to remind you…

Cities, like people, change. They grow up. They get wiser, smarter, more sophisticated. They also can lose their memories – and sense of self – growing frail from ailments like civic senility and economic osteoporosis.

Both have happened to Sacramento, which turned 165 years old on Feb. 27. But despite its age, Sacramento in 2015 seems more vital than ever, and on the verge of some sort of Gladwellian tipping point, transforming into a place that’s far different from what it was even three years ago.

Evidence of change could be found in abundance this week. The city debated the installation of an $8 million work from world-renowned artist Jeff Koons, to go in front of the new downtown arena, which has started its skyward build. The Kings are playing under hard-court general George Karl (who hasn’t had a losing season since 1987-88), and securing a Major League Soccer bid seemed closer than ever after 20,231 people crowded Hughes Stadium for a recent Sacramento Republic match. In news other than sports, Sacramento Beer Week chugged along, offering hundreds of opportunities to taste the best brews around.

Which is to say that Sacramento, once known as ground zero for inferiority complexes in the Golden State, finally seems to be defining itself on its own terms, instead of in comparison to others. World-class city? We’ll leave that designation to others. But here are nine reasons why Sacramento seems to be a city on the verge:

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