Biophilic Pattern Language Library

This post is a bit wonky and abstract but we need a little of that from time to time. Biophilic Cities created this Pattern Library with examples from around the world of treatments that we can learn from for Sacramento. Sponge City anyone? How about an urban water trail along the Sacramento River? Biophilia really connects more to the wildness and green aspects of Sacramento Park City – it’s the natural attraction between humans and the nature around us. In the city it creates a fantastic basis for improving health and well being in the built environment. I hope in the near future we can make some Sacramento contributions to the library! Have thoughts? Share them with us!

Stockton Blvd Facelift

Big bucks go into transportation projects, so we should make them count! Stockton Blvd is up and the City is looking for input from residents to help select the improvements they make. Take the Survey and be heard through the end of June! Looking at what would make the corridor more enjoyable for a stroll or bike connection, there are options in there that have space for trees so lets make sure this investment lines the boulevard with them.

The Sharing Spirit

I saw this post on NextDoor last week that warmed my heart. Both the act of giving the rock and the appreciation expressed are generous acts of neighborliness. Sacramento Park City is all about this spirit!

The other thing I love about this is the low barrier to entry for this spirit. I’m no artist, but I could paint a rock. Everyone can paint a rock. A simple idea that could grow. What if we had a neighborhood rock painting and exchange party. There would be a custom painted rock in everyone’s front yard. You would need to walk the neighborhood to see them all – can’t see them from your car. A scavenger hunt. Wouldn’t that add to your joy? When you’re looking for the rocks you are bound to notice some flowers and talk to some people. See how it grows? The key is starting it. It takes some courage to share your art with others. But see how much joy it can create? Take something and make your mark, then share it!

Mosaic pillars?

Travelling around my neighborhood I’ve noticed these mosaic pillars (that’s what I’m calling them for now) scattered around and they make me wonder – Who put them there? Is there a pattern? Do they mean something? Are they marking something?

I’ve discovered at least 5 of them but can’t figure out the pattern. In front of the taqueria, in the porkchop, in a vacant lot by the freeway. They are all different but colorful and eye catching. There must be a story here! Who can help me find it?

Many people don’t notice these things until you point them out. My wife hadn’t noticed until I described them to her. She told me excitedly today that she saw 3 of them on her way to the grocery store.

Do you have a similar themed element in your neighborhood? Would you share in the comments and we can learn about it and highlight it?