The lively discussion a couple of weeks ago concerning the re-striping of Lead and Coal was great. It seems most people supported the idea of a dedicated bike lane, but some were unconvinced that turning these streets into two-lanes (with a lane for parking) was a good one. The bottom line for me is this: we all pay taxes for roads, so why not make these streets more pedestrian friendly? If you need to zip around town in your car, use the freeway. These streets are in a residential area, and one that is ripe for some change. If we ever want to make Albuquerque more walkable, then we need to make our streets more attractive and easier to maneuver as a pedestrian. Which brings me to the corner of Coal and Arno. I think it's sad that we have a painted on ice cream shop on the side of the Creamland factory/warehouse. Wouldn't it be great to have a REAL ice cream shop here? Creamland could exploit the local food movement and serve ice cream made here in New Mexico!
*Also: stay tuned for more info on the Great Streets Facility Plan that will go before the Environmental Planning Commission. The plan would serve as a guideline for making existing and future streets in Albuquerque safer and more ped/bike friendly, and more attractive and "memorable."