June 12 -- To The Editor:
As a lifelong resident of the Seacoast and a Portsmouth voter since 1997, I fully support turning the top two levels of the Foundry Place Garage into a performing arts and cultural space for the summer months. We can have performers, musicians, restaurateurs, local retailers, and more set up shop and help keep downtown somewhat thriving. The Music Hall, 3S Artspace, Seacoast Rep, The Players Ring, PMAC, and the Press Room could have sponsored stages with a rotating cast of local and regional musicians, singers and actors all performing with social distancing rules in effect. Local restaurants and bars could have space to provide food and drink and local retailers can have space to showcase their merchandise. It’s not a heavy lift and could save more businesses from closing, but we must act now.
I also support closing city streets and sidewalks as long as emergency vehicles can still pass through safely. Time is of the essence. We need city government to begin leading and setting the example for how to act during a pandemic and save our local businesses and economy. Won't you please help save Portsmouth?
Jason Boucher, Portsmouth