During this pause in our usual activities, many things that seemed unrealistic or impossible a few months ago are becoming more and more desirable today. One of the ideas that I advocated for a few years ago was probably not the right time. Now, I think it is.
Let’s create an alive city plaza like they have in European or South American cities. We can begin by closing off First Street W. and First Street E. to car traffic and make them pedestrian-only zones. Plaza restaurants could set up tables in the streets, far enough apart to abide by the distancing rule. Maybe Peet’s could also have a space in the street. The farmers market could set up in the streets if the required distance is difficult to achieve in the horseshoe. With this extra space, a vibrant community could be re-launched as we slowly emerge from shelter in place. It would be a great way to help local businesses as well as provide a healthy outdoor place for locals to congregate at a safe distance.
We have the setting and the opportunity to make use of our unique center plaza. Let’s create the type of lifestyle that is so vibrant in Europe. Cafes, restaurants, coffee places and possibly other businesses could thrive in the streets of Sonoma!
Georgia Kelly, Sonoma