Reader View: Santa Fe — a city without a soul?

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

Santa Fe has been my enchanting home for 25 years. Once, I stayed in the DeVargas Hotel when it was nothing more than a giant travelers’ hostel, filled with African drummers from Sierra Leon. Now, it is the elegant Hotel St. Francis. Facades always change, but the expression of a living community needs nourishing and protection. I will always remember those wild traveling drummers.

The heart of a city beats where the artists, musicians, writers and all creative people congregate, not in the convenience of supersized box stores and fast-food drive-throughs. I have only heard one person say, “Thank God Santa Fe has a Denny’s!”

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  • Carlos Guthrie posted at 8:10 am on Tue, May 13, 2014.

    CarlosG Posts: 32

    "supporting local creativity is causing the loss of all the character Santa Fe and the Plaza once had. It's just sad"...

    You must live in a cave...have you heard of Spanish Market and Fiesta? And most of all Indian Market, the first locals before the Spaniards?

    Sally, if you think there a so many talented buskers in town why don't you get a city permit for the Plaza and start the first ever Busker Music Fest and see what you get on talent....looking forward to support this venue if you have the guts to do so!

  • Khal Spencer posted at 7:42 am on Sun, May 11, 2014.

    Khal Spencer Posts: 418

    RE: "If a city is truly interesting, it doesn’t have to be “rebranded,”" The Los Alamos County Council recently spent 55k to "rebrand" BombTowne and came up with some bizarre notion of "Live Exponentially", whatever that means (readers here are free to opine). That resulted in an avalanche of letters to the editor of the local newsblog lampooning the results. Rebranding sounds like making a silk purse out of a sow's ear. Strive for your strengths instead.

    Santa Fe, with all its quirkiness, is an attractive city, at least aside from my fear of being run over by a car when bicycling. It takes a fine balance of controls and libertarianism to keep this all knitted together. Good luck.

  • Jeanne Cunningham posted at 7:22 am on Sun, May 11, 2014.

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  • Lawrence Leichtman posted at 7:13 am on Sun, May 11, 2014.

    lleichtman Posts: 4

    There are also many bad musicians on the plaza some of whom are amplified and then impossible to get away from. I have seen a musician fight with a Native American grandfather and son because he was in costume dancing and interfering with his bad performance. I'm not a tourist and live downtown and get tired of some of the drama as well. Finally, you had no idea what the situation was with the 3 Native American men in handcuffs. Because the they were Native American doesn't mean they weren't doing something very wrong to get busted.

  • charles w Rodriguez posted at 6:42 am on Sun, May 11, 2014.

    scarecrow Posts: 16

    I, totally, understand and agree with your perspective, Sally. In the interest in tax revenue, the city different is no longer different. Their focus on entertaining the tourist instead of supporting local creativity is causing the loss of all the character Santa Fe and the Plaza once had. It's just sad.


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