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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