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What Changes Would You Like to See in Downtown Watsonville?

The City of Watsonville wants to know.

If you could suggest changes to Downtown Watsonville, what would they be? More restaurants? Less traffic? More business? 

The City of Watsonville is asking for the public's input on possible Downtown Watsonville changes. 

Athough it's not an easy task to make big changes to Downtown, according to the city, because of state Highway 152 and state permits, the city is working to improve the district. 

Currently, the city doesn't have control over Downtown Watsonville sidewalks so the city must apply for state permits in order to initiate work on the sidewalks and street, according to the city

According to the city, "the city recently started the process to ask CalTrans to relinquish 

Highway 152.  Instead of going through Downtown as is the case now, the State Highway would start at the edge of the City.

This change would allow more parking in Downtown, as well as the ability to create wider sidewalks, allowing restaurants to have outdoor dining areas. 

The city is currently asking for the public's help in determining Downtown Watsonville's direction. For more information on how you can help, contact Kurt Overmeyer at 831-768-3087. 

What changes would you like to see in Downtown Watsonville? Tell us in the comment section below.

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Liseth Guízar February 01, 2013 at 12:06 AM
I would love to see a pedestrian-friendly corridor with more outdoor dining, wider sidewalks, narrower roadways, green landscaping, improved building facades and it would be great if something could be done with the existing Fox Theater. I can't wait to see the new plan, I love Watsonville!
Lucas February 01, 2013 at 12:59 AM
Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers patrolling the streets and upholding public safety by enforcing immigration and customs laws.
Raul Bufico February 01, 2013 at 03:19 AM
To start we should get rid of all the drunks, drug pushers and prostitutes.
Cathy P. February 01, 2013 at 05:10 PM
And currently the city doesn't have any money, correct? There have been many, many comments about what people would like to see downtown, has anyone been listening?
Cathy P. February 01, 2013 at 07:48 PM
I'd like to see all those things downtown too Liseth.
Tania Grant February 02, 2013 at 03:48 AM
Cleaner glass shop windows, with NO painted on advertising. Better and more creative shop signage. Consider strawberry, other berry, and apple banners hanging from street lamposts. Consider displaying local arts and crafts inside Gottschalks window displays;-- each piece would have a price and contact information. Those who want to purchase would call the seller directly. Result: still no people inside Gottschalks, but now we have some nice displays for view that would be changing, and local art and craft would get a financial bonus. The Planning Department should find out from other cities and towns how they control sign displays. "Anything goes" signs can get very ugly and repugnant. And Yes, as mentioned earlier, wider sidewalks that would accommodate planters with greenery/flowers and benches for older folks to sit on would be great. Need to make downtown family friendly. Have Main Street at night very brightly lit to capture business and keep the riff-raff away. And keep it lit all night and/or install motion light switches. It would be easier to patrol it also. I have visions of Mariachi bands playing at the Plaza and another band at the Main & Freedom Blvd. crossroads, and people strolling along Main Street. But first, we need to clean it up!
Dee February 11, 2013 at 07:35 PM
Bring a retail merchant downtown such as Trader Joes, New Leaf Market, or ?. Perhaps in the Gottschalks building. I echo the comments about more dining options, wider sidewalks and greenery. Something that appeals across culture boundaries.
Jim April 25, 2013 at 08:28 PM
Get rid of the catering trucks in the park area.

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