What's going on, Albuquerque?
So let's see if I understand this: Lobo Village, in response to complaints about loud parties and too many non-residents being allowed on the property, institutes a "check all IDs" policy. A Regent goes to the gate with his wife who has no ID and is then disturbed because his wife is not allowed in, offering the excuse that she is "age-appropriate." So Lobo Village relaxes its new rules and starts allowing non-residents without ID in, as long as they are "age-appropriate." Then, when a young co-ed is molested by an age-appropriate non-resident, the howls will begin anew.
Fabulous. That Lobo Village was a gift to developers who were in the back pocket of Schmidly and god knows how many regents. It is built FAR off campus so that students who live there have to drive back and forth (not exactly what I call progressive policy, UNM) and find parking on UNM campus. (Yes, I know there are shuttles. I'd be curious to see their usage rate) Plus, they are isolated from everything on campus which means that those students have less of a connection to UNM. Meh on Lobo Village.
The Twinkle Light Parade gave Old Town a big Christmas boost in business and tied in with the River Of Lights at the Bio Park. Why is the city moving it?
I'm sure they're thinking that the parade will be on one side of Central, and vendors can fill the other side, and there are more places to eat and drink than downtown. But Old Town is much more charming than Nob Hill at Christmas time. And there's a lot more parking downtown than at Nob Hill, once they shut down Central.
As for the park's water situation - I don't know why we don't replace the grass we don't walk on with buffalo or gamma grass - these grasses need only 10-15 inches of water. Also, why not invest in mini-sewage facilities which could water the golf courses (and fertilize at the same time...). It wouldn't smell great, but would save a ton of clean water. Tucson uses these facilities to water some of their parks.
Combining the parade with Shop and Stroll seems like it's gonna be a huge disaster. Among the issues that always arise during a Shop and Stroll are the rerouting of Central Ave busses (which are already routed around Central in downtown) and parking (which is in far more abundance downtown than in Nob Hill). Those are both events my family enjoys attending and I'm ticked that we might end up skipping both this year. In my opinion it's a stupid idea.
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