Last week my neighbor had a break in, and someone stole their son's laptop. I live behind them, by the alley. I just came home and found a man standing in the alley by my apt., drinking a beer. He had a back pack, was wearing shades, a grey sweatshirt, and long dark pants. He has a moustache, a suntanned complexion, and his hair is a dark sandy brown. And he was talking on a cell phone. As soon as I drove up, he and his beer walked to Coal, heading westbound. After a few blocks, he cut into another alley heading north. This guy is scoping out homes for possible break in. I'm sure his back pack is for carrying the small items he rips off. And the fact he's on a cell phone would indicate he's probably not working alone. I called the police. If you see anything similar, don't hesitate to call APD.

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Comment by Phil_0 on May 16, 2012 at 7:00pm

Other than the fact that they both include the letter "o," Nob Hill and Compton don't have much in common...

Comment by Leonard Poareo on May 16, 2012 at 8:09pm

Compton never bothered me Phil, PV on the other hand...

Comment by Phil_0 on May 16, 2012 at 9:20pm

Yeah, my dad used to recruit Boy Scouts door-to-door in Watts in the mid-60s. He said it wasn't that bad...

Comment by Djon Terry on May 16, 2012 at 9:58pm

Leonard, the West Side has ultra-low crime rates...near zero around Coors & Montano. Nowhere to walk of course, except for the trails in the Bosque. To the extreme West there's a great library..

Comment by Leonard Poareo on May 17, 2012 at 10:49am

What about the area around Old Town? And Barelas? Don't care for the west side, reminds me of the OC.

Comment by Djon Terry on May 17, 2012 at 11:58am

Leonard, if you do prioritize "safety" the crime rates of various zip codes and neighborhoods are available online. Interestingly the safest areas (all West Side) are heavily hispanic.


Nob Hill istoo cute, too expensive, too much traffic, and the houses are mostly very poorly constructed.  I'd want to live nearer to Sunflower than yuppies-R-us and Smiths.


 "safety" it's the opposite of gentrification:  poverty, historic non-employment, drugs, mixed with obvious displays of wealth by new arrivals (new Subarus, new stucco, redecoration etc).


The West Side is full of big, solidly employed, young hispanic families. Barelas and Old Town are totally different. Like Nob Hill they're cute..

Comment by Karmic Echo on May 17, 2012 at 1:26pm

Totally agree that Barelas and Old Town are cute. Great, walkable neighborhoods with easy access to amenities in the core of the city. If your main question is in regard to safety, then, yes, both areas are safe. Now, if you're the type of person who gets nervous about walking around urban and semi-urban environments, then I'd also agree that the more suburban West Side and far NE Heights might be more your cup of tea. But based on your responses, I don't think you'd have any problem with any of the areas discussed. The rest is just personal aesthetics mucking things up. 

Comment by Leonard Poareo on May 17, 2012 at 1:38pm

a new subaru is a sign of wealth?

Comment by Phil_0 on May 21, 2012 at 2:05pm

Djon, it's clear you have some personal feelings about Nob Hill you are trying to work out but to argue the houses are poorly constructed while extolling the virtues of the West Side seems bizarre. Many of the older (1970s/1980s) suburbs on the West Side are already crumbling and it's hard to imagine the cookie-cutter starter homes that make up most of the 2000s housing-boom-driven sprawl holding up well over time either. Meanwhile the built-to-last 1930s-1950s homes in Nob Hill and elsewhere in the city center are only appreciating with age...

Comment by Djon Terry on May 24, 2012 at 2:07pm

Phil, you're right about the West Side's disco-era cookie-cutters (I live in an adobe from that era...we have those too)....and I'm right about Nob Hill's historic issues (bad wiring, bad plumbing, bad thermal-unless-adobe).  ABQ's environmentally best houses are West Side specifically because most were built to comply with today's demanding building codes. That's what makes the West Side boring (one killing in the past year in ABQ's largest police "command"...a fraction of any other), and it also has to do with the "safety" Leonard Poareo said he wanted. Not many Subarus here, more Chevrolets and Toyotas.


Leonard, do poor people buy new Subarus?  What reason is ther for a Subaru other than class distinction?  Equivalent Toyota 4wd costs less, gets way better milage, and the engine lasts longer (according to my mechanic). 


Hey, if you like gentrification, go for it :-)



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