Reader View: Traffic essential to Plaza’s history

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Posted: Saturday, April 19, 2014 7:00 pm

The Plaza should remain open to cars for many reasons. Not only do most of us Santa Feans like to slowly cruise around the Plaza, visitors like to do that, too. Much more than that, the size and layout of the Plaza and also its history dictate that it remain open.

As a member of the 2002 Plaza Task Force, I and my colleagues studied over many weeks the traffic issues around the Plaza. We did finally recommend the closing of Palace Avenue to traffic to protect the Native American vendors from constant carbon monoxide exhaust as well as to protect the ancient adobe Palace of the Governors from gradually destructive traffic vibration. But we recognized the benefits of allowing traffic on the other three streets.

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  • Meredith Madri posted at 11:01 am on Tue, Apr 29, 2014.

    FilmArtPhoto Posts: 34

    How is this a "Low-Life" view of the Plaza, or are you just an Internet Troll, as suggested by the fact that your full name is not used?

    Not only does the present traffic flow design encourage activity on the Plaza, if the already limited vehicle access is restricted further, traffic will become even more of an absolute nightmare downtown.

    Leave the Plaza route alone!

    New Mexican, why are comments from people not using their full names now allowed?

    M Madri

  • Marilyn Bane posted at 9:38 pm on Mon, Apr 21, 2014.

    Marilyn3662 Posts: 8

    This article shows a great understanding of the historic role of the Plaza which should be maintained to encourage the life and vibrancy of Santa Fe.

  • GHS posted at 11:10 am on Sun, Apr 20, 2014.

    GHS Posts: 1

    Everyone has a right to their view, but this really os a low-life, head-in-sand view of the Plaza.


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