Sacramento doesn't compare well with Seattle

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 - 7:08 am

Re "Are they a nuisance or dash of color? City tells street performers to skedaddle" (Page A1, Aug. 19): The striking realization from the photograph accompanying the article was the dearth of patrons and tourists. Folks have avoided downtown due to gauntlets of gangs, hordes of homeless and confiscatory parking prices.

Contrast Old Sacramento to the Pike Place Market in Seattle. The street is full of customers -- traffic can hardly pass. Street vendors, performers and shopkeepers coexist in capitalism at its finest -- all the while preserving the historic nature of the venue. At a visit three weeks ago, the line in front of Starbucks went around the block, while a Dixieland band played in front.

Seattle's motto is "Peace and Prosperity for All!" Perhaps it is our Mediterranean climate. Any politician or bureaucrat in Sacramento seems to have the fiscal myopia of a Greek communist. Suggestions or contrary opinions are met with the City Waste Management motto of "Just Can It!"

-- Morris Erickson, Sacramento

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