The Albuquerque Journal's Rory MacClannahan noted Monday that it's been twenty-years since Paseo del Norte was built. Yikes. His in depth history leaves out the mushy remembrances of the valley before the "new" bridges.
Like how it felt to race down the ditchbanks on big horses - braided bells in tails at this time of year. Gangs of girls flew through the bosque - making the woods thunder, shake and jingle. Sometimes by moonlight.
Or remembrances of places like Yonomoto’s on Fourth Street where they sold teapots and bonsai. Or the Sheriff’s Posse Grounds on El Pueblo that sat about where the railrunner station is now. That arena was booked a year in advance for all the Sunday shows and rodeos. Twenty years! The hip aches just thinking about it.
The Journal also noted Monday that Mayor Marty Chavez has ties to SunCal - the developer seeking tax increment financing (TIDDs). The financing diverts tax revenue to help this developer (over that developer) move our cool volcanoes much closer to town.
But the excitement about the Mayor was a kind of fake pass and developers did a quiet end-run. They got the Bernalillo County Commission (and yes, City people pay for County government too) to approve 9 separate TIDD districts Tuesday. The meeting amounted to a mere formality and gave proponents the opportunity for hearty chest-thumping about economic development and quality jobs and how there is no sprawl.Weirdness