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Downtown Sacramento is the central business district of the City of Sacramento. Downtown is generally defined as the area south of the American River, east of the Sacramento River, north of Broadway, and west of 16th Street. The central business district is generally defined as north of R Street, south of H Street, east of the Sacramento River, and west of 16th Street. Downtown Sacramento is currently undergoing a major revitalization project.

Sacramento Skyline (cropped)
View of Downtown. Visage point is looking east from West Sacramento.


Downtown Sacramento streets use a numbered and lettered grid system, with lettered streets running north/south, and numbered streets oriented west/east. The exceptions to this include Capitol Mall and Capitol Avenue, which are equivalent of M Street; Front Street in Old Sacramento, which is equivalent to 1st Street; Broadway, which is equivalent to Y Street, and Alhambra Boulevard, which is equivalent to 31st Street.

Major features

Included within downtown is the California State Capitol building, the house of California State Government. The major shopping center is the Westfield Downtown Plaza, an outdoor shopping mall that includes Macy's. The recently renovated and expanded Sacramento City Hall is also located downtown. The Sacramento Convention Center Complex is a major events venue downtown. The recently renovated Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament located at 11th and K Streets. It is the largest historical cathedral west of the Sacramento River.

Pedestrian malls

K Street, the city's former main shopping, dining, and entertainment street, was closed to all automobile traffic between 1969 and November 12, 2011, between 13th Street and Westfield Downtown Plaza. In November, 2012, the K Street Mall was rebranded "The Kay", and now functions as a shopping area.

Two half-block long pedestrian malls still exist in downtown on 11th Street between J-K Alley and The Kay, and from The Kay to K-L Alley.


The Sacramento Regional Transit provides light rail and bus service through downtown. Interstate 5 separates Old Sacramento State Historic Park from the western edge of downtown. The State Route 160 (15th and 16th Streets) borders the eastern edge of downtown on a pair of one-way surface streets. The historic Sacramento Valley Amtrak Station is located downtown just north of Westfield Downtown Plaza, and is serviced by Amtrak Capitol Corridor and three other routes, in addition to being the western terminus of the Gold light rail line. The return of streetcars to downtown is currently being evaluated in a joint effort by both Sacramento and West Sacramento. Interstate 80, Interstate 80 Business (Capital City Freeway), California State Route 99 and U.S. Route 50 all intersect in the area.


Near the convention center are the Crest Theatre at 10th and K Streets, and an IMAX theater located at 13th and K Streets. Westfield Downtown Plaza also has a large multiplex cinema. The Sacramento Community Center Theatre is located on 13th and L Streets, and has regular performances by Broadway Sacramento, Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sacramento Opera, and The Sacramento Ballet. The Wells Fargo Pavilion (formerly Music Circus) located on 14th and H Streets provides a unique 'theater in the round' live theater and musical experience. The historic Memorial Auditorium at 16th and J Streets holds many performances from comedy acts, traveling bands, and speakers. Assembly Music Hall, located at 10th and K Streets, is a 200-seat venue offering musical comedies in an upscale setting with table service.

Notable residents

  • Jim Beall - California State Senator
  • Jerry Brown - Former Governor of California had a unit in the Elliott Building
  • Edward Hernandez - California State Senator
  • Henry Stern - California State Senator
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