What's going on, Albuquerque?
Tags: MaryandTitos, MorningFix, SexEd, bosque, pas, pitstop, vision
+1 on Mary And Tito's. Glad to see it will still be around.
Adelita, I don't find it hard to believe that the majority of the people in this town support the Mayor on Rio Grande Vision because I believe the majority of the people in this town want to see Albuquerque succeed.
RLAD, why do you think developing the Bosque will make it succeed? The Albq. Journal did a poll of 400+ people and a majority of those said they would support the "Rio Grande Vision." Mind you, they weren't told all that entailed, nor were they asked if they actually go to the Bosque now. I am guessing a lot of people probably support the idea in the abstract. My issues with the plan are twofold: one is that introducing a bunch of development (read people) into the Bosque will have a detrimental effect on the flora and fauna and irrevocably damage it. Another is that it will just make is easier for unsavory elements to loiter in the Bosque. It already IS a hangout for unsavory types--just imagine if you make a nice network of paths and bridges? Sad,but true. Nope. The Bosque is not the place to develop--at least not in Mayor Berry's vision.
Re: the loop road. This is my neighborhood and I am hopping mad. Sent an e-mail to my rep on the school board and got a dismissive response. APS is just waving its penis in the City's face. How nice. What a good use of the APS budget--build a road to nowhere and enter into litigation. Ugh. Don't get me started on how APS is turning its back on any kind of progressive, sustainable policy when it comes to getting children to and from school. We have an entire generation (maybe two) of people who have no idea that there is any other way than a car to get between places.
Yep, every time I've been in to Mary & Tito's for lunch over the last umpteen years, there was Mary, sitting, reading her paper... Best red in town in my opinion, although sometimes Duran's comes close...
There's not a whole lot of specifics about the Rio Grande Vision available, but the few things I have found indicate pretty limited footprint. This isn't going to be the San Antonio riverwalk here. They're removing a few of the existing trails and connecting a few dead-end ones, all between Central and I-40. By the look of it they are not going to add much net trailway, and what they do build will be soft dirt-trails and raised boardwalks. The focus seems to be on preservation of the Bosque, removing invasive species and restoring natural habitats.
Granted, the literature I'm looking at is that put out by the city and D/P/S. Could someone please link me to some valid criticism to the contrary? Because what I've seen appears to be sensible restructuring of an already praise-worthy part of the city. I'm all ears.
Yeah, I'm with Benny - the plan is limited to the Central crossing and it does eliminate "weed" trees, so that's a good thing.
I don't know why folks are so upset about the school road - APS put in a similar road around H H Humphrey Elementary School a couple of years ago, and it really eliminated traffic snarls in the morning and afternoon in front of the school - the cars move in/out pretty efficiently, with the kids in one area, instead of everyone looking for a parking space or stopping in the middle of the street, waiting for their kid to find them. I haven't heard of any complaints at all - and it's much faster (ie, less wasted fuel). The neighbors should just ask for signage/enforcement of a no-loud-music-from-vehicle rule. (PS - I live right across the street from this school...)
RIP Mary Gonzales - Ala The Twilight Zone, I kinda see her heading off to heaven, but taking the fork to Dante's Inferno instead to teach them how to do red right...
@Benny - this was on my FB newsfeed:
Benny, here's an article from Alex Limkin, a guy who's been heavily involved in organizing opposition to the "Rio Grande Vision." As you might expect, he's very critical of the project.
I've been thinking about this bosque discussion the last couple of days and happened upon a great piece about it, published in the Journal this weekend.
Regarding the Bosque: There is very little that needs to be done to "enhance" the bosque or "improve the accessibility" of it. I was there this weekend and it was packed with people of all ages and abilities. If anything, there were sections of it which were overcrowded. The best thing for the bosque would be to restore sections which have been messed up by unsanctioned trails and invasive plants. Why isn't this a primary focus of the "Rio Grande Vision"? Don't we want a healthy ecosystem for our future generations to enjoy? More paths are nice but if it has a negative impact on an already fragile ecosystem, the entire integrity of the bosque could be lost. No one will want to spend time in a dead ecosystem no matter how many trails or boardwalks there are.
@shotsie - (Everything I will be writing about below is discussed in more detail on urbanabq.com) Regarding the loop road: the HH loop road looks like a good solution to a problem in many suburban schools around town. It is very different from the Jefferson project for a variety of reasons:
1) Suburban vs. Urban ABQ: HH Middle School is located in a part of the city where driving is by far the dominant form of transportation. This portion of the Northeast Heights has no context or history of walking or biking as a dominant method of children getting to school. Driving was obviously going to be the predominant form of children getting to this school so an auto-oriented solution made sense.
2) Out of district students: Jefferson Middle School in recent years has been adding a huge amount of out of district students in recent years. All of these students are driven to the school because they live far away. They can't be bused either because they are distributed across the metro area. This is especially relevant because...
3) Jefferson is a walkable middle school: JMS has a history of being a school which was walked to. It was built in a time when automobiles did not dominate every aspect of our urban environment. Everyone I've talked to who went there before the 2000's walked or biked to the school at least occasionally. The school itself has three pedestrian passageways which connect the neighborhoods directly to the school. These existing peaceful walkways would become dangerous crossings if this loop road is built.
4) Neighborhood Context: The loop road at HH connects two residential streets. They are generally low speed and low traffic. The loop road at JMS is planned to spit out onto Lomas, a high speed and traffic arterial. No traffic control is planned for this new and potentially dangerous conflict point.
APS has begun construction on the road without any community consensus and in conflict with the City Council, creating a crappy situation.
There are more arguments against the loop but I think you get the idea.
1) HHH was built over 30 years ago - the loop road was installed 2 or 3 years ago (I forget the exact year). Lots of kids walk to school, but the demographics is skewing to the older crowd, just like around JMS, so kids live farther away.
2) If you want JMS to function as a "neighborhood" school only, you better tell those young couples to get busy.... And reduce the selling price of homes and reduce rents in that area, so these young couples can afford to live in the neighborhood.
3) Okay, I see on Google that there are some alleys open for kids to walk to/from school - maybe you could just ask that they remain open - that's a useful compromise.
4) I see a cutout on Lomas for, I guess, the school bus(s) - so, how does that work? Is it dangerous for the bus(s)? Another useful compromise would be to design the road so that cars cannot turn left on Lomas.
The only folks who are affected by this road are the homeowners whose houses border the backside of JMS. Maybe the people who live on Girard north of JMS would really like to be able to access Girard during school drop off / pick up times - maybe the kids who have to cross Girard won't have to play dodge car with the traffic - this road might actually benefit the neighborhood in general - think about that....
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