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Started this discussion. Last reply by Hunter Dec 31, 2009.

Anyone else frustrated at lack of late Rail Runner train north?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by ABQDWELL Dec 16, 2009.

Rail Runner "Lobo Stop" Coming September 12
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Started this discussion. Last reply by ABQDWELL Sep 13, 2009.

 

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ABQDWELL commented on Barelas Babe's blog post Morning Fix: Blowing in the Wind
"Also, a year round farmer's market is set to be housed downtown shortly."
Apr 11, 2011
ABQDWELL commented on Barelas Babe's blog post Morning Fix: Blowing in the Wind
"I agree that restaurants tend to come and go but as urbanABQ pointed out it is encouraging that some are taking over never before leased space (high end burger place below One Up). I think it is also encouraging that a jazz club is taking shape at…"
Apr 11, 2011
ABQDWELL commented on Crista's blog post and, what about that Events Center?
"Here's an uplifting downtown success story"
May 23, 2010
ABQDWELL commented on Crista's blog post and, what about that Events Center?
"Hunter, I agree that the focus should probably have remained on lower cost units. Folks at that price point may be younger and may be more willing to pioneer urban living sans certain necessities (such as a grocery store). I disagree that the…"
May 23, 2010
ABQDWELL commented on Crista's blog post and, what about that Events Center?
"MSD: the movie theater, Tucanos, Gold Street Cafe, the downtown growers market, Art Crawl, Rapid Ride, Rail Runner, Marble Brewery, One Up, The Flying Star, Amy Biehl High School and the most recent New Mexico Business Weekly is reporting that the…"
May 23, 2010
ABQDWELL commented on Crista's blog post and, what about that Events Center?
"Hunter, you are so right! So much better to take our chances on the road! Not sure anyone's pushing this as the central reason, just one of many ancillary benefits."
May 21, 2010
ABQDWELL commented on Crista's blog post and, what about that Events Center?
"I just heard the new estimate for the annual cost of the Events Center per person is now two pizzas PLUS toppings. Outrageous! Boondoggle. Pizza pie in the sky dreaming... Thanks UrbanABQ for providing levity and facts, particularly: "lots of…"
May 21, 2010
ABQDWELL commented on Crista's blog post and, what about that Events Center?
"Shotsie: You write: "the only people who would have benefited from the downtown site are those God-awful parking lot owners who gouge people for parking for any event without providing any security." Really, you don't think the…"
May 20, 2010

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Albuquerque, NM
Favorite Thing(s) About Albuquerque:
Sandias, Nob Hill, Old Town, downtown redevelopment, Railrunner
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Imagine: T-Birds Join Scorpions at Downtown ABQ Arena

Posted on March 2, 2010 at 8:08am 2 Comments



News that the NBA D-level Thunderbirds are moving to Rio Rancho highlights again the negative economic impact of not having a downtown arena. Hockey fans lost the Scorpions who couldn't make it work at Tingley or Rio Rancho. Imagine crowded downtown Albuquerque restaurants and bars on T-Bird and Scorpion game nights. Imagine many fans taking Rail Runner from as far as Belen and Santa Fe. Image if this image of a proposed downtown Albuquerque… Continue

Rail Runner's Major Shortcoming: No Late Train North

Posted on December 7, 2009 at 4:23pm 0 Comments



Love the Rail Runner but frustrated at the lack of late train north (last departure from Downtown ABQ is 6:33 pm.). This severely limits downtown's ability to attract transit-traveling evening visitors (not to mention those working late). What a missed financial opportunity for downtown businesses. I would be very frustrated if I was the owner of a restaurant or club. BTW: Last train south from Santa Fe departs at 9:30… Continue

Rail Runner Lobo Stop Being Readied for Opener

Posted on September 9, 2009 at 3:05pm 0 Comments



Rail Runner's latest stop — The Lobo Stop at Avenida César Chávez — is being readied for the football home opener this Saturday. Spoke with a Rail Runner official and the plan is to shuttle people to the game from this stop. Afterwards, passengers will be shuttled to the downtown station. I actually like this as it allows fans to have dinner and drinks afterwards. Hopefully, a late train will be available both north and… Continue

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At 1:40pm on April 7, 2011, Another Mike said…

if you've got nothing better to do and are interested in seeing some student work regarding some interesting designs, please swing by 100 Gold Ave. tonight between 4-6p -- OR another time during the following week. 

 

On display is work regarding the Warehouse District and TOD proposals for Los Lunas.

 

Thanks.

At 4:46pm on December 16, 2008, shotsie said…
ABQDWELL:
Sorry, I guess I over-reached in my response by thinking that you were a daily commuter downtown, but lived in the foothills. I react to anyone who seems to be saying "Do as I say, not as I do." That part was wrong - it looks like you're on pretty solid ground.
I was trying to point out that it was ironic that you agreed with the previous poster, who stated that the car culture in America encourages folks (like you and me) to move out to the suburbs so they can buy more house for the money, but ignores the very real cost of all the transportation infrastructure that's necessary (ie, roads, car cost, gas cost, etc...). I do not disagree one bit with that viewpoint. My hometown was/is the fourth most densely packed city in the US, and I took public transportation/walked/biked a lot in my youth. When we moved here, my house was 5 miles from work, and I road my bike 4 out of 5 days a week. It drives me nuts that the roads are really dangerous here for biking. (I lived in Tucson, and its bike-friendly there. Honest.)

Okay - so the irony is that you supported that statement too, but also chose to live about as far from downtown as possible, probably because it's pretty nice near the Tram - but you're still part of a neighborhood where you have to drive a long way to get groceries, to go to the movies, see music, etc... (I'm a bit closer in, and can walk to stores.)

As far as the streetcar is concerned , we're talking about a very small route in the downtown area, not a regional transportation plan that might send a bus close to your house. The present bus route covers Central very well - there is no need for a streetcar - not for people who live in the area, and certainly not for you and me. It's a very expensive tie-in to the proposed (very expensive) arena/hotel.

I'll let you know that I was recently appointed to the CABQ regional transportation advisory board, so I'll have some minor say in this. It looks like Mayor Marty is trying to get federal money to build this streetcar and I don't have a problem with that - build away - its free money (sorta). I do have a problem with the former funding scheme - borrowing from Peter to pay Paul - we need that money to expand our bus service around the city.

That's my view. Peace.
At 5:03pm on June 20, 2008, ABQDWELL said…
Totally understand! Hope all is well with you!
At 9:16am on June 20, 2008, brendisimo said…
I like your wife's idea for a coffeeshop bike shop combo. I know where that building is and it could be really awesome...I have been getting some nice suggestions from people about future "possibilities"... but right now I'm so busy I'm not sure when I'll get to it...
At 7:11am on April 4, 2008, ABQDWELL said…
Good to hear you are a volunteer with that group. Definitely see you there. Love your "possibilities" renderings. Ever do anything with roundabouts? I am beginning to believe that in selective locations (Coal/Lead?) these offer a real chance to make the city more walkable and to calm traffic.
At 9:11pm on April 3, 2008, brendisimo said…
I'm actually a volunteer at 1000 Friends and meant to re-post something about the great streets plan...see you there?
At 6:32pm on April 3, 2008, brendisimo said…
nice blog, I really like your vision.
At 12:53pm on February 15, 2008, James Tapia said…
Great Blog!

Any new news on ABQ redevelopment?
 
 
 

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