Fish Out of Water

Musings and observations about life from an East Coast native now living on the Left Coast in the California State Capitol since 2004. This fish has made her home in Madison, WI (7 years); Portland, OR (2 years); Las Vegas, NV (7 months); Middlebury, VT (3 summers); Marne-la-Vallee, a small town east of Paris, France (6 months); Middletown, CT (3 years); and Marshfield, MA, the fish's coastal hometown 40 miles south of Boston (17 years).

Location: Sacramento, California, United States


Day 265: Mansion Flats Neighborhood

The core grid of Sacramento (Downtown and Midtown) is home to multiple neighborhoods, many of which have buildings and landmarks that are linked to the history of the city as the Capitol of California.

Mansion Flats is the Midtown neighborhood that includes the block where CPCA is located (corner of 12th & I Streets):

According to a local web site, Mansion Flats gets its name from the fact the Governors Mansion is located there. It is also home to the Music Circus and the Sacramento Theater Company. Dorothea Puente who killed her boarders, buried them in her backyard and then cashed their SSI checks had her home here. There is also an infamous garage in an alley way where the SLA stashed their get away car after their robbery of the Carmichael Bank. The artist Robert Gordon is based here. Traveling through the area you will see many businesses adorned with his art work.

The last Governor to actually live in the 's Mansion was Reagan, and the building is now open to the public as a museum:

It's a rather impressive structure, and having it embedded in the city grid near the Capitol Building certainly would have helped to integrate the Governor into the daily life of the people and voters responsible for electing him (or her... hopefully someday soon...).

Our current Governor Jerry Brown actually lives just a few blocks away at 16th & J Streets, so it's not unusual to see him out and about in the area, often walking his corgi.


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