Letter: A different vision for downtown plaza

What to do with it? The proposal for making city plaza into an ice-skating rink does not match the definition of a plaza. The other drawbacks precipitated by water shortages, prevailing climate, and ongoing drought would limit the value and use.

A public square, open space, with a complex of stores, shopping center, complete with restrooms better fits the definition.  Let’s adhere.

Since Chico citizens so enjoy eating out, accentuated by the pandemic; I propose the following renovation.  Make the plaza into a scenic centerpiece for a variety of exquisite dining with permanent picnic tables and suitable restaurant structures. The food menus would offer unique “old world “dining. Soothing music and even traveling troubadours and musicians would add to the ambiance. The plaza will become a place to savor the sights, smells, and sounds of Chico.

Other cities such as Seattle with the Fish Market, Old Town in Sacramento, and Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco have capitalized on such enterprises.

The problem with waste containers could be minimized with edible packaging like bread, rolls, or crackers.  Locally produced food should be favored.

The City of Chico would benefit by determining the specifications, licensing, and fees for use, plus sales tax revenue. Downtown Merchants and the Chamber of Commerce should concur. Food for thought?

— Dick Cory, Chico

 

 

 

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