Midtown Sacramento

Midtown Sacramento (commonly known as Midtown) is a historical district and neighborhood just east of Downtown Sacramento. Officially, Midtown's borders are R Street on the South, J Street on the North, 16th Street on the West and 30th Street on the East.[1] However, the streets in Sacramento's original "grid" that are east of 16th Street cover the area commonly called "Midtown". This more general definition covers an area bounded by Broadway on the South, C street and the Southern Pacific rail lines on the North, 16th Street on the West and Alhambra Boulevard on the East.

It is a largely residential community with tree-lined streets and old Victorians. It is also the center of Sacramento's art, music, and cultural scene. Boutiques, bars, clubs, upscale, and casual dining abound. Midtown has the only winery located in the greater Sacramento urban area.[2] Midtown hosts an art walk on the second Saturday of each month which attracts thousands of metropolitan residents.[3] A large historic Asian community resides from S Street south to Broadway with a higher concentration between 3rd Street and 5th Streets, J Street and I Streets.[4]

The Midtown community is diverse in terms of race and income brackets. Many legislators choose to live in various spots in Midtown when the California legislature is in session. Increasing in-fill developments consisting largely of upscale lofts have priced out some residents. Historic sites such as Sutter's Fort, the first European settlement in Sacramento, are located in Midtown. Midtown is known for being pedestrian-friendly and bike-friendly with continuous marked bike-lanes throughout the neighborhood and a bike path connecting to the American River Parkway which extends to Folsom. Public transit consists of Sacramento Regional Transit District light-rail lines running down R Street connecting the neighborhood to the metropolitan area and bus lines serving the central city area. A train station is expected to be constructed for Altamont Corridor Express and San Joaquins serviced by 2023.[5][6]

Lavender HeightsEdit

The Sacramento LGBT Community Center (formerly the Lambda Center), located in the Lavender Heights district.
Lavender Heights Street Sign at 20th and J streets

Lavender Heights, Sacramento's gay and lesbian district, is centrally located on K Street and 20th Street.[7][8][9] The area owes its name to the high number of gay-owned homes and businesses residing there.[8][10]

Lavender Heights is a marketing name given to the hub of Sacramento's gay and lesbian community with many gay bars and restaurants.[11][12] It is considered Sacramento's equivalent to The Castro (San Francisco) and Dupont Circle (Washington D.C.) as the city's LGBT district.[13][14] Community resources for the LGBT community in the area include the Sacramento LGBT Community Center (formerly the Lambda Center) and the Lavender Library.[15] Most of the gay bars in Sacramento are located in the Lavender Heights area.[16][17] Hate crimes and gay bashing have been an issue since the early 1990s in the area.[18] A wave of "religious refugees" including "Slavic evangelicals" has added to the tensions; many were drawn to immigrate by Sacramento evangelical churches who sponsored them including the Assemblies of God Capital Christian Center.[19]

The area is home to many of the city's music and arts festivals, including the Second Saturday Block Party from May to September.[20]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ City of Sacramento: Neighborhoods (PDF) (Map) (November 2010 ed.). City of Sacramento. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-10-28. Retrieved 2012-02-06.
  2. ^ "58 Degrees & Holding Company - Midtown Sacramento". Retrieved August 27, 2012.
  3. ^ "Second Saturday Art Walk - 2nd Saturday - sacramento 95814". Sacramento.downtowngrid.com. Retrieved August 27, 2012.
  4. ^ "Sacramento's Chinatown Mall - Yee Fow is Sacramento's Second City". Archived from the original on February 8, 2011. Retrieved August 27, 2012.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  5. ^ Bizjak, Tony (11 June 2018). "Catch an Amtrak toward L.A. from midtown Sacramento? Train officials propose new service". Sacramento Bee. Retrieved 10 May 2020.
  6. ^ "Valley Rail Sacramento Extension Project Draft Environmental Impact Report" (PDF). ACE. AECOM. Retrieved 9 May 2020.
  7. ^ "Wild Elk Relocated By Helicopter". Sacramento.cbslocal.com. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  8. ^ a b Michael Andrew Claussen, Lavender Heights: the emerging gay community in downtown Sacramento, California, California State University, 1998.
  9. ^ Melanie Noel Light, "What’s New & What’s HappeningUnder the Lavender Heights Rainbow", Sacramento Visitors and Convention Bureau.
  10. ^ Andrew Collins. "A Guide to Gay Sacramento - Gay Travel in Sacramento". Gaytravel.about.com. Retrieved 12 May 2008.
  11. ^ "Gay Sacramento - A Capital Idea". Sacramento.gaycities.com. 2013-11-18. Retrieved 2013-12-03.
  12. ^ Lanie Dills, Lynn West, Great gay & lesbian places to live: "the official guide", 1995, ISBN 0-916744-03-5, ISBN 978-0-916744-03-8.
  13. ^ Joyce Krieg, Slip Cue: A Talk Radio Mystery, Macmillan, 2004, ISBN 0-312-32736-6, ISBN 978-0-312-32736-1.
  14. ^ Michael Nalepa, Linda Cabasin, Erica Duecy editors, Fodor's 2010 Northern California: With Napa, Sonoma, Yosemite, San Francisco & Lake Tahoe, page 468-9, Random House, Inc., 2010, ISBN 1-4000-0900-6, ISBN 978-1-4000-0900-8.
  15. ^ Lavender Library, Archives, and Cultural Exchange (LLACE) (2013-11-29). "Lavender Library, Archives, and Cultural Exchange (LLACE)". Lavenderlibrary.org. Retrieved 2013-12-03.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  16. ^ Andrew Collins. "A Guide to Gay Sacramento - Gay Travel in Sacramento". Retrieved 12 May 2008.
  17. ^ Sara Benson, Lonely Planet California, page 424-6, ISBN 1-74104-739-0, ISBN 978-1-74104-739-4.
  18. ^ "Gays Will Patrol For Bashers, City Police Welcome 'Lavender Angels'", Sacramento Bee, April 19, 1991, Page B3.
  19. ^ Rone Tempest, For Gays, a Loud New Foe; Sacramento's large enclave of immigrant Slavic evangelicals is becoming a force on social issues. Their actions shock many. Los Angeles Times, Oct 13, 2006, A.1 Main News; Metro Desk.
  20. ^ Coats, Matthew. "2nd Saturday Block Party Series | OUT in Sacramento". Outinsacramento.com. Retrieved 2017-05-15.

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