Founded in 2005 by Chantal Forster, Duke City Fix is an unedited community website about Albuquerque, New Mexico. And not just any website, but a site about exploring life in Albuquerque. You know what we mean -- trying new restaurants, exploring old neighborhoods, finding live music, and stirring things up a bit in New Mexico's largest city.
It's a place to celebrate the kitschy, the funky, the wild openness, and caballero edge of what was once the rough and tumble West.
How It Works:
That's the basic set-up. How involved you want to get in Duke City Fix is up to you. If you're only interested in reading daily stories, that's cool. If you'd like to get more involved in the community, here's what you can do...
How Duke City Fix Got Started:
In November 2004, tired of going solo on QuirkyBurque.com and inspired by a "Creative Class" conference with Richard Florida here in Albuquerque, Chantal invited a group of local bloggers to meet at the Nob Hill Flying Star -- Folks already blogging about our fair city like Andrea Lin, Johnny_Mango, and NewMexiKen. There was enough support at the long table that morning for a new community-oriented site that Chantal started building.
After 4 months of build-out work and lengthy interviews with community leaders all over the city, Chantal launched the site in March 2005. The original blogger team included Johnny_Mango, Andrea Lin, Sophie Martin, Mark Justice Hinton, and a couple more.
In 2007, Chantal decided to migrate the site to Ning, a social networking platform, that allowed the site to truly develop into a community resource with its own connectivity tools. From 2008 to March 2011, Sophie Martin managed day-to-day operations of the site as Managing Editor. The site continues to run with a core group of volunteer moderators. (Meet the team.)
The site is owned and operated by MarketPlace Media.