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Reader View: Plaza is for everyone, just as in Spain

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

I would like to respond to Orlando Romero’s column (“Plaza is for the people of Santa Fe,” April 27) published in The New Mexican.

I wonder if Mr. Romero reads his own column. In one paragraph, he raves about the great time he and his wife have experienced at Plaza Santa Ana in Madrid, Spain (among others) — how it’s their favorite place to stay in Madrid, and then in his closing paragraph, he says (in reference to the Santa Fe Plaza closing to motor vehicles), “No one solution is going to please everyone, but whatever the choice, it is wise to remember that it is the people’s Plaza. It doesn’t belong to bureaucrats or the tourists.” I have no problem with his idea set forth in the first sentence of that comment. I don’t even have a problem with him saying the Plaza doesn’t belong to bureaucrats — but I have a serious problem with him saying that the Plaza does not belong to tourists.

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1 comment:

  • Tomas Moore posted at 5:57 am on Sun, May 4, 2014.

    TomasMas Posts: 28

    Well said Al! Tourists should be welcomed! Tourism is a vital part of Santa Fe's economy and has helped sustain this town for decades. The past few years, some in our community have done little to help continue to promote this clean industry. In particular some younger citizens are outright hostile to tourists while bemoaning the lack of night life. If you look at the past fifty years, the more tourists the better the local economy and more things to do (& jobs) for everyone.

     

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