Dear Editor

Re: Main Street Closure

A handful of bars and restaurants on Main Street are pushing a hare-brained scheme to close the street to vehicular traffic on weekends so they can expand their seating areas into the entire roadway.

Is it not enough that they have already commandeered public sidewalks and parking spaces to the detriment of smaller retailers on Main Street? And where do they propose that displaced cars, buses and emergency vehicles should go?

You guessed right: onto the neighboring residential streets where parking is already at a premium and residents have been waiting years for the City to install traffic-calming measures.

At a time when the City is trying to cut costs, spending tax-payer money to benefit certain private businesses at the expense of others and subjecting a residential neighborhood to greatly increased traffic, pollution and noise is ill-advised to say the least.

Sincerely,

Karen Blechman, Santa Monica