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Reader View: Cruising the Plaza isn’t ‘vital’

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Posted: Saturday, May 3, 2014 7:00 pm

In 2002, after speaking with Native vendors under the portal, I recognized classic symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, such as headaches, occurring with them. I wrote a petition to the governor and the mayor asking that the north side of the Plaza be blocked off, so that these people wouldn’t be afflicted so badly. Two-hundred-thirty-two out of 244 Plaza vendors signed the petition, but the request was ignored. One response to this effort was former City Councilor Frank Montaño’s maintaining that “cruising the Plaza” was part of his teenage memories and was thus a vital part of Northern New Mexico Hispanic culture.

Not long after, a driver smashed into a woman who stepped off the corner by the Palace of the Governors. Dr. Jane Sewell was English and a professor at Johns Hopkins University, and was on vacation with her husband, Hopkins history professor Louis Galambos. She died at 42. Her husband later was quoted in the Baltimore Sun: “That still breaks me up … I had to help my daughters right away. You don’t sit around and grieve, you get busy. You have one day, maybe two days [to grieve], you have got a new life to deal with.”

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  • Tomas Moore posted at 6:12 am on Sun, May 4, 2014.

    TomasMas Posts: 28

    Mr. Fox's logic is as bad as his argument. To say if the city had listened to him a woman would be alive is the height of ego. Traffic accidents around the plaza are very rare and have not become so prevalent that the plaza needs to close to all traffic! The traffic flow downtown would get worse and it won't make more locals or tourists magically appear. The Mayor needs to share his ideas in open meetings and seek input from all of the community. Cruising the Plaza is tradition for many of us who grew up here, Hispanic & Anglo! FYI- I still love to shoot a cruise as I have for forty plus years and I regularly patronize downtown businesses.

     

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