In June the East Sacramento Improvement Association (ESIA) announces the winners of the Orchid & Onion Award. The announcement is typically made at the McKinley Park “Pops in the Park” event. Pops in the Park is an annual East Sacramento tradition. Every Saturday in June a live music event is held at one of the neighborhood parks.
The idea behind the Orchid Award is to recognize businesses or people for their positive contributions to East Sacramento. The Onion Award is intended to encourage improvement for those who have a negative effect on East Sacramento.
The winner of the 2016 Orchid Award this year was the Sacramento Animal Hospital. The Sacramento Animal Hospital replaced their old facility with a new building at the corner of H Street and 57th Street. The new building is very attractive and provides the busy facility with much-needed additional space. More importantly to those of us who take our fur babies there – parking is no longer a problem.
This year I was particularly interested in the Onion Award. One of the nominees was a newly built house in my immediate neighborhood. The original house was bought by developers, demolished, and replaced with a house that is much too large for the lot. Over the past several years I have watched really cute homes in the neighborhood disappear almost overnight. That is what it seems like anyway if my dog and I have not walked down a particular street for a while.
I was glad to hear that the nominated house was awarded the Onion Award! Hopefully City Hall will take note.
As noted in the ESIA Spring Newsletter “This grossly oversized house…clearly demonstrates the failings of the City of Sacramento Planning Department’s ‘Tent Ordinance’ that is supposed to limit house volume in relation to size of the lot”.
Are you noticing a similar trend in your neighborhood?
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