Trail Dust: The Plaza then ... and now

Trail Dust: The Plaza then ... and now

There are 10 comments on the The Santa Fe New Mexican story from Dec 12, 2008, titled Trail Dust: The Plaza then ... and now. In it, The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that:

Photo: The renovation of the north side of the Plaza was completed on Thursday. The work includes new flagstone, re-installation of brick pathways, a new water conservation irrigation system, electrical ...

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R Warren

United States

#1 Dec 13, 2008
This is the best feature of this newspaper. I read it religiously.
joe albuquerque


#2 Dec 13, 2008
I have always looked forward to reading Mr Simmons' articles. I lived in El Paso back in the 80's and I used to look forward to reading the weekly column he wrote for The El Paso Times then. Keep up the good work, Mr.Simmons.
cliff mills

Santa Fe, NM

#3 Dec 13, 2008
I agree with the above.
El Gato

Florence, AL

#4 Dec 13, 2008
Why did the size of Spanish colonial plaza shrink? The answer is largely economic. Real estate in the central plaza, in which viable and profitable businesses were established became increasingly more valuable. Ecomonic choices were made to increase construction therein and transfer what was formerly public space into private hands. It's just how a thriving community grows it's economy.
Kathy Evergreen CO


#5 Dec 13, 2008
I grew up in Pojoaque and The Plaza has always been the heart of Santa Fe. A place where we could all meet and in the 1960's everyone knew everyone. In 1967-68 we would cruise the Plaza in our cars, it was innocent fun and as teens we had a keen sense of community just by being there...we didn't really KNOW that is what it was...since we had other things on our minds....but just the same we loved our town and looked forward to meeting our friends...maintaining that heart and sense of community is key to maintaining a vibrant and good city and whether you are in Chicago, NYC, Denver LoDo, or the Plaza in Santa feel the heart of your community. And especially in Santa Fe you feel the culture, pride and history of the people.
Jack of Arts

United States

#6 Dec 13, 2008
I've always loved visiting the plaza in Old Mesilla, undoubtedly the best preserved and most colorful of all such plazas in the southwest USA. It is indeed dominated by the bell tower of the church at the north end. And with a central bandstand it sees frequent free performances - most notably for the annual Cinco de Mayo and 16th de Septiembre events.
Melanie Roberts

Santa Fe, NM

#7 Dec 13, 2008
The Plaza of Santa Fe is definitely the heart of our city and "The Land of Enchantment". It has an air of magic, awe and mystery as well.

Redruth, UK

#8 Dec 13, 2008
Interesting to read and a joy to visit the Plaza.

Albuquerque, NM

#9 Dec 13, 2008
I'm struck by the convergence in New Mexico of the uses of space. Native American towns (Pueblos), particularly those later ones (nonetheless predating the Europeans) composed of linear roomblocks which created a plaza living-space in the center. That the Spaniards sometimes constructed towns de novo in this familiar and functional manner is an interesting curiosity, and may be a reflection of the defensibility of settlements built on this plan. While the center of the later-still Anglo-Territorial towns was the main street -- open at both ends, false fronts arrayed along both sides -- the Spanish and Indian towns often have central plazas. So why do some old Spanish settlements not have plazas? Near Santa Fe, for example, both Galisteo and Agua Fria appear to be lacking plazas. Cerrillos, a quintessential territorial town, never had a plaza, but the empty lot in the center of town is today known to everyone as "the plaza" and used as such.
Ray Roybal

Angel Fire, NM

#10 Dec 15, 2008
In 1844, was that the time the city government started to outlaw the entrance of livestock on the plaza? Dud I read that somewhere? Apparantly the flies got so bad that Santa Fe didn't want livestock on the Plaza. If I'm wrong, when was that?

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