After having had many reservations about the project, I must admit El Centro downtown looks just beautiful and very inviting.
Now all we need is for the Los Vigilantes to route the parades, especially the Christmas parade straight down Main Street again. Surely the marching bands and horses can negotiate the street with no problems. I was here in the 1940s when the Vigilantes was organized and the purpose of the group was to bring shoppers into the downtown area to promote downtown interest and activity.
Eighth Street parades are really boring and miss the purpose for the occasion. Shopping and congregating downtown brings back to us a feeling of community.
Thanks for a very difficult job well done.