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What, if anything, would you like to see changed on Pacific Avenue?

lt nimaI would like to see the cars taken off Pacific Avenue and a garden mall, which is what it was intended to be, in its place. 

Nima Sinclair
Santa Cruz | Jewelry Repair 

lt nathanI think I'd like to see some of the larger commercial spaces get filled. It's depressing to see some of the prime real estate empty.
Nathan Stevens
Santa Cruz | Engineer


lt scottThe bus station on needs to be renovated, there’s too many teenagers and homeless people hanging out. If they renovated it and made it nice people would be able to walk all the way to the beach. That would be nice.
Scott Crooks
Santa Cruz | Inventory Supervisor

lt vernon

It would be great if more people lived downtown-living-working-studies, all within the commerce zone. And then shutting down Pacific avenue to cars—just make it totally walkable. I’d definitely put a cap on rents so that people could afford to open up a store and stick around for a while.
Vernon Legakis
Santa Cruz | Book Seller


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written by Niki, December 21, 2011
I live downtown. I try to support my community.

When I was selling books at Logo's and parked for the first time at the pay stations, I found that I received a parking ticket for $56 for a 6 second time lapse. I will be fighting this but one thing is for certain- I WILL NEVER DRIVE AND PARK TO SHOP DOWNTOWN AGAIN! If the city of Santa Cruz feels it's okay to fleece it's community then I'll be sure shop somewhere else and not worry about have to pay this kind of fine again.

I now understand why people don't shop downtown.
written by jesse reumann, December 15, 2011
I've lived in Santa Cruz since 1970 and have seen like many other Santa Cruzans, the City not take any serious action to make the necessary changes in laws and enforcement of those laws to make a difference. How many times over the years has Santa Cruz spent thousands of dollars in surveys to determine what the problems are, in why the downtown business isn't more lucrative for businesses?! The City Council doesn't have the make-up to show real intent to cause change. Instead, the council seems to often cave to disrupters at the Council meetings and also refuses to take seriously the voices at large regarding their shopping choices and reasons. How many years have I heard people complain about the panhandling, loitering homeless, drug or criminal looking element that helps them decide to spend their shopping dollars elsewhere (often mentioned is Capitola). Meanwhile, many merchants can't survive for very long with the low density of shoppers with real intent to spend money downtown...if you can't make it for at least 1 year, you're another statistic that the City seemingly doesn't care about as much as upholding their ultra-liberal
written by Wilde One, December 07, 2011
I agree... let's bring the Mall back to it's former "no traffic" self. No cars!

No chain stores or "big box" stores... small, independent shops where our money will stay in the community. Look at how well the old Sentinel building is doing.

People come here for the unique quality of our town... let's keep it unique with small shops, quality street performers and no cars.
written by Violet Ferguson, December 07, 2011
More clothing shops and less pizza shops.
written by Non Smoker, December 07, 2011
written by FatCatLady, December 06, 2011
I avoid going downtown at all cost. Too snooty, too much harassment by police if you are homeless, stores too expensive to shop in and I wouldn't give those people my money anyway
written by Whitey Joe Young, December 06, 2011
So many comments focusing on turning the Mall totally pedestrian. Completely the opposite of what the merchants downtown are said to want.

I'd like to see the scummy drug dealing element and the mentally ill, substance abusing panhandlers sent someplace where they won't interfere with civil enjoyment of downtown.

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