It's about a local cook, David Luckey, who wanted to give a free meal meal to the homeless on Canyon Road just before the Christmas Eve farolito walk. Luckey's been homeless himself in the past and he had this crazy idea to try to uplift the spirits of the needy right where the community goes to celebrate Christmas Eve.
Naturally, some of the East-side elite heaved a collective "How gauche!"
Talk about a war on Christmas ...
Here's some of the reaction:
The Farolito Walk has been a nuisance for Canyon Road homeowners and businesses for many years, said Dina Aquilina, who is president of the (Historic Neighborhood Association's) board and has lived in Santa Fe for 30 years. She said she remembers a time in Santa Fe when people set up farolitos in their own neighborhoods and walked closer to home.and then:
"I just wish we could get back to when everyone did this in their own neighborhood,"
"Encouraging homeless people to come to this neighborhood is not a good idea," (John Pen Lafarge) said. "What we are trying to do with (the Farolito Walk) is to create a remembrance of Christmas."
I've always liked Pen, but jeeeeeeez!
My 13-year-old son was so angry when he read this, he wanted to go demonstrate against the city if they tried to stop Luckey for not having a permit.
As it turned out, Luckey went ahead and had his free dinner for the homeless. The city didn't bust him.
And furthermore the Farolito Walk was wonderful as usual (much warmer this year than last). The homeless didn't rampage through the neighborhood and Canyon Road property values remain untouched.
Happy New Year to all!