What's going on, Albuquerque?
Tags: APD, MorningFix, downtown, drought, governor
The 4th Street Mall does not look wide enough for two lanes of car traffic, 15-foot-wide sidewalks and a seven-foot-wide bicycle lane. Hope they can pull it off.
DCMc, I am sure they will fudge on the sidewalk and the bicycle lane. Because no one holds the city's feet to the fire when they promise things like this. Also, the city counts the gutter as part of the bike lane.
But I like the proposal to eliminate the pissageway under the RR tracks (ht to Ajax for the name) and bring it up to RR grade--but they'd better put in ped-proof gates--and they'd better have planned for cyclists, too.
It's too bad about Alamosa Bookstore biting the dust - they had a great selection of children's books - it will be missed.
About 4th St Mall - since this is only two blocks long, and terminates at City Hall, why does the city feel the need to turn it back into a road? It would be cheaper to have the police patrol the area and move the transients along, or maybe just fence it off during off hours. The Mall is in really good shape, and just needs businesses. I'd rather see the city put some money into the railroad buildings and clean them up rather than put money into this project.
//The Mall is in really good shape, and just needs businesses//
That's kind of the problem, though. The northern block has a call center on one side and a hotel on the other; there's no opportunity to activate the corridor. It's an urban deadzone. I'm not sure whether the buildings or the mall came first, but it was poor planning.
Nevertheless, I agree that opening it back up to vehicular traffic is not a move in the right direction either.
I'm curious to see how the pedestrian crossing at the same grade as the railroad tracks will function. I think it'll bring some much-needed visibility to the RailRunner, but I'm more than a little worried about pedestrian-train collisions. I hope the designers behind the project come up with a good way to address safety.
Agreed on both counts, Benny: the 4th Street Mall could be the greatest pedestrian environment in the city, but the fact it has blank walls facing it on more than half its length would still be a big obstacle to its success. And none of those buildings are going anywhere. I also share your concern about the RailRunner vs. pedestrians. It's a neat and good idea, but it seems like they're asking for trouble.
Join Duke City Fix
Welcome toDuke City Fix
Sign Upor Sign In
• "Sunday Poetry" with The Ditch Rider Johnny_Mango
• Daily Photo by Dee
• "Morning Fix" with Phil_0, Sophie, once banned twice shy
My semi-charmed life: Episode II
Economic development bills would spend money to make it
Listen to Trip Jennings and Gwyneth Doland discuss the health audit
ACLU steps into Gila Case
Exploring the Underground A Night Out With A Local Graffiti Artist
Pyragraph Premium: Invoice/Income Tracking Spreadsheet Track freelance clients and projects
Health audit offers striking numbers but no proof of fraud
APD Crisis In Yet Another National Mag As Rolling Stone Rolls Into Town, Smooth Sailing So Far For Santa Fe R's, SunZia Still Shining Hot And More On PNM And You
With audit release, Balderas ends 19 months of secrecy
Balderas releases 2013 health audit, with redactions
Thanks a Heap, Film School Life lessons from a film student
a “literary startup”
Day 1: NMDOG / NM Dogs Deserve Better
Day 2: Children's Grief Center of New Mexico
Day 3: Enlace Comunitario
Day 4: AMP Concerts
Day 5: New Mexico Friends of Foster Children
Day 6: Rio Grande Down Syndrome Network
Day 7: Revolutions International Theatre Festival
Day 8: NM Chapter Alzheimer's Association
Day 9: New Mexico Appleseed
Day 10: Common Bond New Mexico
Day 11: KUNM Radio
Day 12: Law Access New Mexico & NM Legal Aid
© 2015 Created by Duke City Fix.
Report an Issue |
Terms of Service
Please check your browser settings or contact your system administrator.