Support more community evening events. We have our Friday Art walks. I think that that’s an extremely good moneymaker for Santa Cruz. Other art nights, music on the streets, those kind of things I think are good for the economy.
Santa Cruz | Art Therapist
The character of Downtown Santa Cruz has pretty much been under discussion for as long as I can remember.
Longtime Santa Cruz residents love the tradition of what was once known as The Pacific Avenue Garden Mall, and that pride continues into its post-earthquake years.
But there’s an equally strong anti-downtown feeling from those who don’t like the so-called “social problems”—the panhandlers and groups of street people who line the sidewalks.
When they told me I needed glasses, I did what most 11-year-olds do. I plea bargained. “How about a monocle?” “You need both eyes corrected.” No problem. “Two monocles!”
A week later, I tried out my new glasses and decided they were uncomfortable and made everything look screwy, so I didn’t wear them. I only needed them to see things in the distance, and most of a child’s world is the near field, where the comic books and snacks and televisions are. There’s no need to read freeway signs at night or to check out hot people from a safe distance. When I needed to see those unimportant things farther away, like blackboards, I could bring them into focus using an affordable, all-natural technique called squinting.
Plus Letters to the Editor
In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a great deal happening locally these days. For starters, Occupy Santa Cruz has been generating interest for weeks. Of course, after the recent riots at an Occupy Oakland rally, it’s hard not to step back and take a broader look at the Occupy Wall Street movement that has swept the nation. (In an odd bit of timing, the new futuristic film In Time—not the best, but not bad—mirrors what’s happening in the country right now and addresses topics such as redistributing the wealth. Sound off on the matter with us online at goodtimessantacruz.com. You’ll find a number of blogs there about the local movement. In the meantime, turn to News this week (page 8), where the matter is addressed more thoroughly.