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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