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Natomas is recognized as one of Greater Sacramento’s most important edge cities ( suburban economic centers) by Joel Garreau, who popularized the term. Sleep Train Arena is the major feature of the Natomas area of Sacramento previous home of the Sacramento Kings. Natomas is also home to a variety of outdoor spaces, including bike trails and parks. Natomas is a retail and entertainment hub for the metropolitan area, including The Promenade, anchored by Target, Best Buy, Michael’s, TJ Maxx and Burlington, Natomas Marketplace, anchored by Walmart and Home Depot, the Park Place 2 Shopping Center, and more. With the development of Natomas in the 1990s and 2000s, it became a very popular spot for legislators to buy second residences during the real estate boom of the early twenty-first century. Two reasons for its popularity were its relative affordability and proximity to the capitol.
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