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Reader View: A Plaza perspective — restore the charm

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Posted: Saturday, May 10, 2014 7:00 pm

Many letters have been written regarding the proposed closure of the Plaza to motor vehicle traffic. Some see it as the death knell to the nostalgia of “cruising.” Some as a severe inconvenience, especially to disabled people. Some writers think it would hurt businesses on and around the Plaza, while others think it would benefit those same businesses.

Some longtime residents of Santa Fe bemoan the loss of local shopping there, most of it gone to accommodate more tourist-centric commerce. Too often, I think, those sentiments are accompanied by a general disdain for tourists.

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3 comments:

  • Carlos Guthrie posted at 7:53 am on Sun, May 11, 2014.

    CarlosG Posts: 33

    MacKenzie is spot on with her views..."Local" businesses could not and still cannot afford the out of proportional rents landlords ask in the downtown area....the real problem is that locals did not spend enough money to keep the local businesses open...right now there a some empty store available for locals to bring back the locals to shop more downtown....let's do it "Locals"

     
  • Lawrence Leichtman posted at 7:07 am on Sun, May 11, 2014.

    lleichtman Posts: 4

    Not true, SanQ is on Burro Alley and quite open as is the open air restaurant in the summer.

     
  • Judy Kaminsky posted at 11:05 pm on Sat, May 10, 2014.

    Judy_Kaminsky Posts: 27

    The City closed Burro Alley to traffic. I walked down Burro Alley on Friday and noticed that every business on that street has closed. Burro Alley now has no traffic and no open businesses.

     

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