Talk:Santa Fe (New Mexico)
I've started populating the "Eat" section, but it needs a lot of work. Santa Fe is an absolutely extraordinary place for dining and my own experiences here, despite living in the area for close to 30 years, barely scratch the surface. Please add stuff if you can. -- Bill-on-the-Hill 17:33, 23 Sep 2005 (EDT)
Per our earlier discussion, I like the way this article is coming along and think it might eventually be a candidate for Destination of the Month. One of the DOTM requirements is that the article have a couple of good photos -- commons.wikimedia.org doesn't have any non-GFDL images for Santa Fe that I could find, so does anyone else know a source for CC-SA Santa Fe images? -- Ryan 00:12, 29 Sep 2005 (EDT)
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Uh, Ryan, why that last revert to the Santa Fe page? I actually made the reverted change myself. I just wasn't on a computer that I could easily login from (was traveling this weekend to check a few things out and used somebody else's comp while on the road). The "teenager, not much to do" verbiage long pre-dated my work on that page and is much at odds with other things on it, but I wanted to leave the earlier poster's remarks about movie houses, etc.
Meanwhile, I got a connection to some photos that I think will top the thing off. Will apply them as soon as the guy who promised them gets home and sends me mail. -- Bill-on-the-Hill 20:00, 2 Oct 2005 (EDT)
Sunrise Springs revert
Note to whoever put in the Sunrise Springs mention: thanks, it's a place that truly deserves mention, but it was already in there (under Sleep/Splurge). I've done the revert. -- Bill-on-the-Hill 19:43, 20 Oct 2005 (EDT)
For completeness, this article should have a "Drink" section, but I am unqualified to write it. Anybody want to have a go? -- Bill-on-the-Hill 20:16, 3 Dec 2005 (EST)
I rolled back links for an interior designer and what looked like a software company. I'm not sure what use they would be to the traveler. --Evan 19:57, 8 Dec 2005 (EST)
Usable, not Guide
So, I realize this article is up for Wikitravel:Destination of the month, but we need a lot of work on it. In particular, most of the listings aren't in the format required for Wikitravel:attraction listings, Wikitravel:restaurant listings, Wikitravel:accommodation listings, etc. I think we need to have at least addresses and phone numbers, and preferably some price range for maybe 50-60% of the listings. Opening hours would be good, too. I think a lot of these listings have links, so non-New-Mexicans can chip in and add info. I'll take a poke at a few of the listings.
I'm sorry to be a downer, and I'm probably being too strict, but I think this article needs some polish before calling it a real guide. --Evan 12:25, 16 Dec 2005 (EST)
There are several subtleties to the museums that I have tried to capture in the current (23:32 16 Dec 05) version of the text. If you're planning on any surgery to these, please give me a heads-up beforehand and I'll try to help; seemingly reasonable prose can turn out to be misleading if you're not careful. -- Bill-on-the-Hill 00:37, 17 Dec 2005 (EST)
OK, so I've added a .PNG version of the overview map. This is to be considered a preliminary version with a few bugs to be worked out while awaiting a good .SVG of the same area. Feel free! Map of the downtown area will follow. -- Bill-on-the-Hill 09:43, 10 Jan 2006 (EST)
There seems to have been some objection to
long history (at least by American standards!),
so let me defend the original. In the USA, Santa Fe is one of the oldest cities (Florida has older cities). There is no settlement outside of Spanish and Portugese-controlled North America that is older -- the first English colony at Jamestown being the same age. However, the Spanish settled Mexico first. So it is incorrect to say that Santa Fe has a long history by New World standards as there are plenty of New World cities that are older. But within the borders of the USA, Santa Fe is nearly the eldest.
The first attempt to change this stated that this was an error because much of the history predated the founding of the US. This missed the point -- when we say "American Standards" the author is clearly referring to "the age of cities that Americans are used to expecting from cities within the United States." I would add, that in the West portion of the US, this is an astounding age. To give some idea of how out-of-the-ordinary this is, compare this to the eldest California city which is about half Santa Fe's age.
(As an aside, yes I know Native Americans in the US predate the US by jillions of years. But to the best of my knowledge, there is no history of what they did. Elsewhere in the New World, some Native American history survived. It just happens that none of it was within US borders). -- Colin 03:11, 18 Feb 2006 (EST)
How to make this thing a Star?
I'd appreciate input as to what needs yet to be done to earn this article Star status. Santa Fe is likely to be a Destination of the Month during the summer of 2006, and it would be nice to go the extra mile and make it a Star by then. -- Bill-on-the-Hill 14:12, 5 May 2006 (EDT)
Only in Santa Fe...
The story in the infobox I added today is not an April Fools joke four months late; it really happened. Here's the reference:  A delectable trivium not in the infobox is that the critter was finally brought to bay and tranquilized while it was hiding -- I kid you not -- in the store's toilet. I am not making this up; my imagination, even after 30 years' exposure to the artistic wackiness of this city, could never have come up with a story like that one! -- Bill-on-the-Hill 22:44, 13 August 2007 (EDT)
International Hostels issue
Someone put the following text in the listing for the International Hostels site, typos and all: Locals request you not to use this locations. They will not rent to "anyone participating in the local economy". This means that Sana Fe's Homeless (a large portion in this city, due to extrememly high rent, comparable to Massachusetts, the highest in the country, for a one bedroom.) are turned down after receiving their first check. This occurence happens even in winter, when night temperatures drop well below freezing. I removed this because it was lousing up the formatting for the article, but the content is worth pondering. Should this concern be a valid reason to deprecate the Hostels as a place for the traveler? Discuss, please. -- Bill-on-the-Hill 21:02, 19 November 2008 (EST)
This is from the Santa Fe International Hostel's Management: The above is true. We find attempting to provide social services to be corrosive to our central mission, which is educational travel. The operator of the hostel spends several hours every weekend helping provide a meal for the homeless. For more information about our how we choose to operate and who we choose to serve, please do visit the website at http://hostelsantafe.com.