New Helvetia Historic District
Alternative Plan by CAW Architects ….
* The City of Sacramento is undergoing a long-term planning process for revitalizing the West Broadway area located west of 10th Street & Broadway. The New Helvetia Historic District (NHHD) is located in this planning area. The city’s proposed West Broadway Specific Plan calls for the “DEMOLITION” of New Helvetia in order to improve traffic flows expected from increased auto congestion resulting from development encouraged by the plan. The City States that “There are NO alternatives to demolition.”
* Destroying a nationally recognized site of civil rights history to create a street grid aimed at alleviating future traffic congestion caused by racially insensitive urban planning only further retrenches race relations in the city.
* Demolition of this site does not alleviate the underlying conditions of inequality nor does it create the connectivity to jobs, schools or transit desired by residents. This is NOT the solution for connecting the poor to our regional economy. The Colley Coalition proposes a alternative option to demolition.
* Click Right Here ~ To view the “Saving New Helvetia” presentation.
The video below highlights the landmark 1952 housing discrimination case at the New Helvetia Housing Project in Sacramento. The case is also associated with Attorney Nathaniel Colley, the first African-American in Sacramento to open up a law firm.