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“A Seedy Element Detracts From A Great Stroll” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of State Street

State Street
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Owner description: Seven straight miles of shops.
North Saanich, Canada
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“A Seedy Element Detracts From A Great Stroll”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2013

State Street is interesting and would be delightful were it not for a considerable number of panhandlers and a fair number of drugged-out individuals who, if not outright obnoxious, make many, including myself, feel decidedly uncomfortable. I find the smell of marijuana absolutely revolting and there was certainly plenty of that wafting through the air. As a commercial area it is unique in many respects and provides visitors and residents alike with great shopping opportunities as well as a wide range of dining opportunities. Devoid of the seedy elements which others have noted, it would truly be a great experience. I guess it is a case where a few have to spoil things for the great majority.

Visited February 2013
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“a wonderful stroll”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2013

just enjoy popping in and out of the shops and restaurants! there is everything from pottery stores to clothing boutiques, sidewalk cafes to a small "mall" type area.

Visited August 2012
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“Great Main Street”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2013

It's lined with trees and plantings, great street furniture, tile work, well proportioned buildings, interesting shops and historic buildings. the main downside is that all the homeless folks hang out here.

Visited January 2013
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Texas
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“Fun shopping and people watching”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2013

Love the nice weather and strolling along looking at the shops and the strange people. Food is good along this street but expensive

Visited December 2012
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Pismo Beach, Calif.
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“Great walking/shopping street in the middle of town”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2013

Long ago this was the highway. It's hard to imagine, but Santa Barbara survived two major earthquakes. One in the early 1930s was immortalized in song. In the late 1950s cracks were seen in some of the taller buildings. Two great historic theatres host the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, going on now. The multiple balcony Grenada and across the street the Fox Arlington which has a Mexican Village inside and an archway where the screen is located. A long covered walkway leads you to this theatre. An outdoor mail further down State Street contains a Nordstrom, along with numerous smaller boutique shops. Parking lots are a half block away on either side of State Street. If you follow it all the way down to the Ocean you'll be able to drive onto the Wharf.

Visited December 2012
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