Friday, December 14, 2012

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Whole Foods in EDO?

Latest EDO News & Views newsletter (June 2012) details meetings with Mayor about working to secure a Whole Foods in EDO. The Neighborhood Association has identified the First Baptist Church parking lot (on Broadway just north of Central) as ideal location. The group listed the following attributes of location:

1.  Large tract size.
2.  Better transportation access from all points of the compass.
3.  More quality residential adjacent. 
4.  No psychological barrier of railroad tracks coming from the east.
5.  Existing buildings on the First Baptist Church that could be converted to high quality rental housing.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Governor Reaping What She Sowed with Hollywood?

News that Sony Imagining is pulling out of Albuquerque raises questions about Governor's vitriolic Hollywood rhetoric. In the early days of her administration she pitted Hollywood vs. kids. Did this have an impact on Sony's decision to exit ABQ? Megan Kamerick of the New Mexico Business Weekly has a pretty balanced take on this issue. Unlike our Republican mayor who seems genuinely interested in quality of life issues, the governor seems stuck in permanent campaign mode. I encourage those interested in these and other New Mexico issues to read both Kamerick and blogger Joe Monahan of New Mexico Politics.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Oklahoma City is OK

Two downtown stadiums (including one for a triple A baseball team), a riverwalk, bike paths, and a coming street car system. What can ABQ learn from Oklahoma City? The Tea Party and the Rio Grande Foundation aren't going to like what super Red Oklahoma City has done. But those either thinking of exiting ABQ or coming to ABQ might...

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Is Driving in ABQ About to Get More Dangerous?

Despite UNM finding* that program improves driving safety, city council votes 5-4 to end program. Councilor Dan Lewis has made this issue a cause celebre. He cites the "will of the voters" who narrowly voted against the program (53%) in a recent non-binding low turn out election. My message to Councilor Lewis and camera opponents remains the same: What is your solution to rampant red light running in ABQ? And if accidents increase at intersections that had cameras are you willing to take the blame?

* from ABQ Journal 11/8/11: The UNM study, released last fall, said Albuquerque’s red-light cameras improved public safety by reducing the number of crashes with injuries. But it also said the cameras boosted the number of rear-end collisions. Those collisions are less serious, however, so the net effect is an increase in public safety, the study said.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Alvarado Urban Farm Takes Shape

In lot north of Silver Garden apartments, the Alvarado Urban farm is taking shape.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

ABQ: the Undewhelming Plan

I've written about my enthusiasm for Mayor Berry's ABQ: The Plan, a series of "quality of life" projects. I was particularly enthused about bike trail improvements that would create a safe, 50-mile loop around the city that would benefit all residents. In light of two recent hideous bike deaths this highly affordable project seemed particularly needed. Instead we are reminded once again that despite our amazing weather and outdoor activities this is a car-first city. We will now be voting in November to kick $25 million toward a $350 million plus project (Paseo Freeway Exchange) that is years away from seeing the light of day; the bike loop improvements would have cost about $10 million, would create jobs in the very near future, and would be a project that citizens could enjoy and one the city could promote to visitors; this project is instead put off into the future. This is vision? This is leadership? Sigh.

Project two is a sports complex that has the potential to be a money maker if it can attract out of town sports teams. Since it will most likely be built in Mesa Del Sol it's hard to see how this improves the "quality of life" for those not living in MDS or those not parented by a SUV/mini-van soccer mom/dad.