Because I’ve previously written about the Santa Fe Plaza and because I have spent more than 30 years working around it, I wanted to weigh in on the issue of closing off the Plaza to vehicular traffic. Not just out of nostalgia but also because I, like so many other native New Mexicans who love the Plaza, have experienced its changes. City officials should approach any further changes to the Plaza with caution.
Most newcomers will probably not remember a movement called “Raza on the Plaza,” where a number of us encouraged folks who felt disenfranchised from their Plaza to return. Before the music events and the new bandstand, people played guitars, sang songs and tried to create a sense of what the Plaza was like years ago, before all the shops moved away and were replaced by art galleries.
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