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Posted: Sunday, May 11, 2014 7:00 pm

Brakes on the notion to close the Plaza to vehicle traffic? After what seemed a fast track to approval (two committees said yes), a decidedly disapproving Public Works Committee has Mayor Javier Gonzales refiguring his idea to turn the Plaza over to pedestrians.

This doesn’t mean the mayor still wouldn’t like to see less traffic on the historic square, he’s just come face to face with Santa Fe’s political realities: People here don’t like change — after all, what’s history without remembering the good old days? Anything new or different immediately causes a ruckus. And Gonzales did spring the proposed closure of the Plaza out of the blue. It wasn’t one of his campaign planks and came to him after walking around downtown and talking to people. He didn’t talk to enough people, evidently, because he now has realized the proposal needs more development.

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2 comments:

  • Carlos Guthrie posted at 7:59 am on Mon, May 12, 2014.

    CarlosG Posts: 32

    Community Day...wasn't the Railyard build for those kind of events? The music on Saturday was totally out of line...rap with explicit language, loudspeakers as big and loud as they would use in Giant Stadium...many people I know left the Plaza because is was not what they expected to see on the historic Plaza...sitting at one of the outdoor restaurants made itr impossible to have a conversation with our out of town visitors....

     
  • Steve Salazar posted at 7:11 am on Mon, May 12, 2014.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 872

    Turning the Plaza over to panhandlers is not change, it's an abomination.

    My View: Anyone who thinks that change, just for the sake of change is a big fool.

    Do you want a nice fun place, build it at the Railyard, leave our Plaza alone. Oh, and quit trying to get the public to pay for it.

     

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