SACRAMENTO, CA - The last time cars were driving down K Street between 8th and 12th Streets, the hippie movement was at its peak, U.S. soldiers were fighting in Vietnam, and music fans around the country were swarming on Woodstock. On Saturday, November 12, cars will return to K Street for the first time in 42 years.
Some big celebrations are planned for Saturday to recognize the completion of a three-month construction project that has turned the promenade back into a thoroughfare for automobiles.
Many Sacramentans agree the downtown area has been in need of a makeover for quite some time so stores and shoppers return.
Mayor Kevin Johnson believes allowing vehicles back on K Street will help businesses that have fallen on hard times. Johnson will be kicking off the celebration at 4 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of 12th and K streets. There will be breakdancers, performers, live music, and a classic car parade led by the mayor.
Many business owners and general managers are eagerly anticipating vehicles coming back to K Street. Trisha Flynn, co-owner of Chops Steakhouse, says it's been long overdue.
"It gives them more of a comfortable view to come through, if they like," she says. "And just makes it more of a city street, there is still plenty of room for folks to walk and stroll, and the trains will share the street."
Chops Steakhouse is one of more than one dozen restaurants and shops offering discounts on Saturday to celebrate the milestone.
The festivities begin at 4 p.m. and go until 9 p.m.