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."



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Comment by Phil_0 on April 3, 2008 at 12:49pm
Sadly, I don't think this is even a painted-on ice cream shop. I'm pretty sure Creamland pulled up stakes a few years ago. The building has been for sale, but they haven't had any takers...
Comment by Khan on April 3, 2008 at 4:53pm
Geez, I'm sorry I missed the original discussion on Lead/Coal, I would've had an earful for the world. As someone who has lived on the 300 and 400 blocks of Girard & Princeton for more than a decade, I am near to vomiting when I think that the only viable streets for streamlined and thus safer and more eco-friendly (as much as traffic can be) travel in my neighborhood might be the victims of gentrification & do-gooderism. But like I said, I missed the other discussion, so I won't belabor my 2 cents. I do not, however plan to drive 20 minutes out of my way to to freeway (are you kidding me with that?) to go downtown or to the market.

At the risk of throwing feces around on your page, which is rude of me.
Comment by ABQDWELL on April 3, 2008 at 5:03pm
Great stuff. Are you familiar with the Great Streets plan the city is, apparently, seriously considering? There's going to be a meeting for interested parties Thursday, April 17 from 5:30-8:00 at Hotel Blue. If interested email Dennis Osorio of 1000 Friends of New Mexico at: dennis at
Comment by Matt on April 3, 2008 at 6:58pm
I like the possibility of a more walkable lead coal area. I grew up in Fort Worth (a serious victim of sprawl) where everything was a serious commute. However, I have spent the last four years in a beach community in San Diego and realized the value of a mixed-use pedestrian friendly community. It amazes me that some people cannot see the link between congested streets and the lack of pedestrian friendly communities. I like your vision Brendisimo.
Comment by Brent Morris on April 3, 2008 at 7:55pm
Great posting, Brendisimo. I too missed the original Lead/Coal discussion but as a father of two young kids living a couple blocks south of Coal near Carlisle, it's truly a hazard just walking my family to the local park and virtually impossible to cross safely with children & dogs in tow. I use these streets all the time for commuting east and westbound but feel the loss of one lane of traffic to gain a lane dedicated to walkers, bikers, kids and animals is more than justified and will only make this city more humane.
Comment by brendisimo on April 3, 2008 at 8:55pm
First of all, they're words not feces, so throw as much of it around as you want. I like a lively discussion and like hearing other points of view. I just don't agree that this plan will severely debilitate drivers. Cars OWN this town. I feel like every street here is streamlined for cars, not pedestrians. And yes, Albuquerque is not a point where one can reasonably pick up their kids and then get groceries without a car (although I'm sure it happens every day), but that's the long-term goal/hope of a plan like this. Getting people OUT of their cars is safer, healthier, and more eco-friendly. And thank you ABQDWELL for the info, I knew about the plan and am going to attend the meeting. Go to for more info about the Great Streets Facility Plan.
Comment by Edith Grove on April 4, 2008 at 9:24am
I'm looking forward to the restriping. I do use Lead and Coal a lot, but they're pretty damaging to the flow of the neighborhoods around them. Anything that makes them a little bit more like regular streets would be a good thing. I hate having to cross them when I'm walking. There always seems to be some rogue vehicle hurtling towards me at 45 mph.
Comment by hettie on April 4, 2008 at 11:57am
ooh, I want one! my dog and my groceries could go in there! although, I'd have to be careful about putting her in there with the temptation of newly purchased bacon. mmm, bacon.

on another note: mmm, ice cream. I long for a ben and jerry's to open somewhere closer to home than juan tabo and montgomery, although I imagine the space on broadway is way too big for their store. or maybe a tara's, if we want local ice cream? it seems the space is so huge, it'll have to be broken up into smaller storefronts to be really usable.
Comment by diahndra on April 10, 2008 at 3:47pm
You're genius! Can I live in one of those places on top? :)
Comment by S. Marley on May 1, 2008 at 11:42am
I may have missed it, but when is the project due to start?


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