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What would get you to do more business in Downtown Santa Cruz?

altJust lower prices I think. More advertising. I do try to shop locally as much as possible but sometimes the price is too high. It's understandable as to why they are what they are, but lower prices would help a lot.

Ivan Barrios

Santa Cruz | Student/Barista/

Water Polo Coach


altI think if the businesses downtown were less expensive, I would be more inclined to shop there.

Madeleine Conway

Santa Cruz | Student







altThere is the issue of safety, which is number one, and then there is parking and the cost of parking. I think that if some of the money you put in the meter was split with the businesses, people would go down there more. Right here (Live Oak) I've got free parking two minutes from my house. I don’t have to deal with traffic, it costs nothing to park here—the ease factor.

Neal Pearlberg

Live Oak | Writer




altIt's on the right path—it's doing pretty good. I think get rid of a bit of the riffraff down the street and bring in more mom and pop shops, user friendly shops, and maybe a couple more high-end restaurants and night clubs could work. I think people need a bigger entertainment industry in Santa Cruz.

Victor Martinez

Santa Cruz | Personal Trainer






altOpen a major store that brings more people in like a Wal-Mart, a Nike store or an Apple store. It would be great and it would bring more revenue and tax for the city itself.

Jaime Elarco

Watsonville | Caregiver

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written by a guest, June 01, 2012
Haha Obviously not many people have been to San Francisco... Way more violent homeless and crazy parking...
written by nada dude, March 29, 2012
It is dangerous to say the least down town these days. Rapes, stabbings, theft, constant harassment from the bums and low life kids down there, pay to park? Are you kidding me? You mean you want me to pay to be harassed, over charged, possibly mugged or stabbed or shot?....I don't think so. I drive to 41st just to get a piece of pizza my heart now.....down town is a joke, a crime riddled over priced joke. They need 30 cops down there for 6 months just to put a dent in the crime that happens every day and that will never happen. They need to go back to free parking...get our tax money some other way you greedy city counsel, you know they wont give up a penny of our money ever, so that "tax to park" will continue until no one bothers to go there anymore and I bet even beyond that.
written by Samantha C., March 29, 2012
I think if it was made into a pedestrian mall only and there was better parking, less transients and it was just all around cleaner more people would go down there to shop, eat and just be happy.
written by jax, March 28, 2012
parking is awful, expensive and hard to find at times. the stores are very expensive and why pay so much to be harrassed by bums and have to endure the smell of urine on the sidewalks. i avoid it as much as possible. there are better stores to be found and with better parking and prices.
written by Diana Jo, March 28, 2012
Not much will be accomplishd until they clean up downtown. People just do not want to go down there unless it is absolutely necessary and the City Council does not help by voting against big retailers moving into the area.

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