Saturday, July 18, 2009

Rail Runner "Lobo Stop" Coming September 12

The Albuquerque Journal is reporting that fans will be able to take Rail Runner to Lobo sporting events beginning with the football home opener on September 12. Dubbed "The Lobo Stop," a simple platform will be constructed near Avenida César Chávez with shuttle service to events. Lets hope the service will also be available for Isotopes games, and lets hope the stadium area adds some restaurants and bars.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Mayoral Race: Where's the Vision?

They say you get the government you deserve. Has ABQ been bad? Speaking personally, I have heard nothing inspiring from the three mayoral candidates. Where's the vision for the city? What will ABQ look like in 5, 10, 15 years? Where's the vision for re-making downtown so ABQ can truly compete? Andaluz and Winrock developer Gary Goodman is correct to point out that the state of ABQ's downtown puts the area at a distinct disadvantage. Re-locating employers and the Creative Class want much more than the city currently offers. How will the candidates address this critical economic issue? The current mayor talks the talk (green city, green jobs, streetcar, downtown arena) but where are the accomplishments? The Big I landscaping is nice but where's the arena, the streecar, the sign reduction ordinance, etc., etc., etc.? Is he too divisive to accomplish grand projects? Do we have a leadership vacuum?

Friday, July 10, 2009

NM + Colorado + Texas = High-Speed Rail?

New Mexico Business Weekly is reporting that New Mexico is partnering with Colorado and Texas to develop a high-speed rail corridor between El Paso and Denver. Congress has authorized 11 such corridors across the U.S.