Mark Costello: Ice rink, pot festival and more in Modesto?

January 22, 2014 

hotrod

The rear wheels of 1966 Chevelle scream and smoke on a dragstrip; why not put one downtown?

DICK SCHMIDT — The Sacramento Bee

Here are some crazy ideas to make Modesto a better place:

• We need a drag strip on upper Ninth Street right past the Warden’s Office Supply store; every time I go down this part of Ninth, it’s dead.

• Ice skating rink in between Brenden Theatres and Fuzio’s, or move that weird fountain and put it there. Make a walking bridge from the car garage to Brenden.

• Make it legal for electric golf carts to drive on bike paths, then designate certain streets for them during the week to encourage them for travel to downtown.

• Bring back the original Graffiti celebration. The original Graffiti brought tons of money and excitement to Modesto; now it’s boring.

• Marijuana festival. When people smoke, they eat, drink and laugh and hug each other. I do not smoke, but I have witnessed this in amazement.

• Implement stricter business cosmetic policies for Yosemite Boulevard and Crows Landing Road. If you own a business, be proud of it. No loitering; use proper, tasteful building colors, shiny signs, etc.

• Create a homeless park in the mission parking lot, plant grass and have that syringe doctor distribute there.

Come on, Modesto, start submitting some ideas!

MARK COSTELLO

Modesto

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