Michael J. Heller: Don’t Stop Developing This Huge Midtown Opportunity
By Michael J. Heller
The Sacramento Bee
When I graduated from Jesuit High School in 1982, I could not wait to get out of town. I was frustrated. I needed to experience life beyond the safe and boring confines of my hometown. Growing up, I was very fortunate to have parents who exposed me to travel, to other cultures, to the arts, to architecture and to the vibrancy of city life. Sacramento just did not have this to offer and I needed to go away to find it.
Over the next decade I satisfied my desire to experience city living with amazing stays in Santa Monica, San Francisco and Chicago. This was my greatest decade of personal and intellectual growth. I soaked it all in and craved more. I studied these cities and tried to identify what made living there so special. As my book of inspirations grew, I started to get excited about bringing them to Sacramento. Rather than continue to complain, I decided to try to do something about it. In 1992 I moved back home, determined to help elevate Sacramento’s stature as a true city.
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