The ill fated Anasazi Building, once promised to be a residential/commercial high rise, now stands gutted on Central & 6th downtown.

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Comment by Phil_0 on May 21, 2012 at 9:54am

This building - and the shyster responsible for it - makes me so mad. I wonder if it will ever be completed, or if they'll end up having to tear it back down again.

Comment by Djon Terry on May 21, 2012 at 12:55pm

It was never going to be occupied.  Just a scam.  Many downtown offices are empty due to past over-building...has nothing to do with the economy.  Smart office dwellers work from midtown.

 

Tearing it down now would create employment, leaving it to rot won't.

Comment by Phil_0 on May 21, 2012 at 2:01pm

Djon, while I agree that it was a scam it was built for condos, not offices. The developer was using financing from this project to help cover costs from other projects and vice versa. He was also dipping into his financing for personal expenses. If he'd built a few years earlier he would have sold the condos for inflated prices and no one would be the wiser, but his bank went belly-up first. Once the regulators came around to evaluate assets the whole story came out.

Your abiding love for the older parts of the city really shines through, btw...

Comment by Dee Cohen on May 21, 2012 at 4:19pm

It is very upsetting to see this building. Maybe it never would have worked, even if the economy was better. D

Comment by Phil_0 on May 21, 2012 at 4:36pm

It seemed like a pretty marginal scheme at best. The same guy wanted to tear down several old structures (the Valiant Printing building among others) on Gold towards the Flying Star and erect a 30-story luxury apartment tower covering an entire city block...I guess we can all feel lucky the market collapsed before he started work on that...

Comment by Djon Terry on May 24, 2012 at 1:02pm

Phil, I stand corrected about offices Vs condos, though there's never been much argument for downtown condos.  The same money can buy a great fixer-upper or very nice new place, or wonderful old places in hidden neighborhoods.

 

A downtown condo dweller lacks most of ABQ's civilized assets (galleries other than 516, University, Bosque, stadiums, Nature Center, museums, Guild, Outpost, hardware stores, pharmacies, good restaurants)...and there's the distance from good grocery stores.  I'm willing to drive downtown for Kimo and 516, rarely for Century 14.

Comment by hettie on May 25, 2012 at 12:25pm

I agree there's not a grocery close enough to downtown for my liking, but there are certainly good restaurants--slate street, kanome, petite louis, gold street, brgr, plus the less fancy nypd, golden crown and java joes--and you've got ready access to chama river's tap room and marble brewery just up 2nd street. there are also galleries in barelas and wells park that I'd consider worth my time. there's a large library right in the middle of downtown. plus, you're within very easy reach of the museums, tiguex park and the bosque. I also consider the amenities of edo readily accessible from downtown, including standard diner, the daily grind, artichoke cafe, the grove, holy cow, the abq press club.... 

not sure what else qualifies as a "civilized asset," unless you're opposed to condo or apartment living on principle. though, in addition the downtown neighborhood proper, there are lots of really great older and outright historic houses immediately adjacent to downtown in barelas, the raynolds addition, wells park, etc.--many of which are indeed fixer-uppers.

Comment by Djon Terry on May 25, 2012 at 1:46pm

Hettie, I stand corrected about restaurants....

My +personal+ definition of living "downtown" involves reasonable (half hour) walks to amenities. Street cars would expand my definition if we had em', as would busses if they ran frequently enough to enough stops. I think like a New Yorker, not like a Los Angelino. Yes, there's a downtown library, but no...the bosque ain't downtown any more than is O'Neils.  Grove, Artichoke, Press Club, and Standard Diner seem to mean driving for most of their patrons.  "Accessible" is not similar to "part of"...Gallup is accessible too: you can walk there if your definition of "downtown ABQ" is generous enough :-).

 

Comment by hettie on May 26, 2012 at 1:09am

if you live on any of the numbered streets between 8th and laguna, you can walk about 1/2-3/4 mile south of central and get on the bosque path. runners, walkers and cyclists from the downtown neighborhoods do it daily. if you're further east or north of 8th and central, it'll take you a little longer. maybe a "half hour." that's downtown.

perhaps the patrons of those restaurant who drive do so because they don't live in the neighborhood? that doesn't mean people who do live in the neighborhood drive there too. I know at least three families living in edo and they walk or bike to all the places mentioned, as well as to places and events downtown. heck, my family walks from the silver hill neighborhood to the grove for brunch. just because a significant number of people drive doesn't mean others don't walk. I'm not even sure what your argument is....

I wonder if some of the disconnect here is in the conception of "downtown. it's not just the area north and south of central for a few blocks between the movie theater and robinson park. in fact, it's a large area composed of a handful small, unique neighborhoods with a lot of different housing types and amenities, as well as people with a lot of different ideas about what constitutes a good neighborhood. one of the very best things about "downtown" is that it's not a cookie cutter subdivision and you won't find a walmart or a chili's nearby. you'd have to head to the westside or elsewhere for that crap. 

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