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Let’s keep the Boardwalk

I like the Boardwalk. It adds greenery and outdoor seating on a street that didn’t have any before. Nevada City needs more well-tended public areas for people to sit outside, not fewer.

Unfortunately, when there are problems with an area, the reaction is often punitive: get rid of benches, make more rules, or just give up and let things fall apart, all the while blaming whoever was using the space.

I spent several years as a preschool teacher. You learn fast that environment contributes to behavior. When people have a beautiful space, enough room, and necessary amenities, they tend to use them in positive ways. When people misuse public areas, it is up to the community to remind them that it is not appropriate and won’t be tolerated. Just like in preschool. There will always be a few who destroy things, litter, and act boorishly. Are we going to relinquish our public spaces to them just because they’re obnoxious and destructive?



Creating pleasant public areas takes work and continuous effort. This is something I know Nevada City has the desire and energy to do. Instead of getting rid of the Boardwalk, let’s help keep it a beautiful space for all to enjoy.

Miriam Morris




Nevada City


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