What's going on, Albuquerque?
Any name for the Pit has to derive from whomever ponies up the dough. Many of our major employers (SNL, UNM, APS) live on public money and should not be in the running. Our most publicized NYSE listed local headquarters company, PNM, would have a difficult time justifying that sort of expenditure to ratepayers. Any local casino with a sports book seems inappropriate. A possible sponsor that comes to mind is Southwest Airlines. The do significant business here and occupy 1/2 of the Sunport terminal. Suggested name: Southwest Center.
Too bad I don't have a few million bucks lying around to rebrand it as The LoboDome - two teams enter, one team leaves.
Regarding the food truck / film story, while I can sympathize with the neighbors, there are few events that can bring a community together like these Sunday night movies have. It's such a great experience, and does so much to inspire civic pride. A commenter on the story suggested Balloon Fiesta park, which would eliminate the neighbor issue, but one of the benefits of Bataan Park is its central location, accessible not only by car but by foot, bike, and bus. I'd say probably half the people who show up don't drive there. If I had to go all the way up to BFP I probably would bow out of the event altogether.
How about Tiguex Park? Only fronted by homes on one side and those homeowners are already used to events happening in the immediate area. Could setup of the food trucks on the West side facing the Abq Museum. Accessible by car, foot, bike and bus.
I like the idea of Tiquex Park ramon t! For those of us that don't live near Nob Hill, it would be nice to have something closer to home. Maybe rotating parks would eliminate the "too much noise" factor.
Hmmm....well, as a neighbor who lives one street away from the food truck film event, I can say that the car traffic has increased each time they put it on and it is pretty loud at my house--I can imagine it's pretty damn annoying if you live right across the street. The trouble is that you can't start showing a film until it is pretty dark, which means the film runs past 10 pm. They seem to choose action films pretty often, which are LOUD. So that means if you live around the park, you are going to listen to a movie whether you want to or not and have people milling around your neighborhood to leave all after 10 pm. I might add that bus service ends at 6 pm on Sundays. So nothing is accessible by bus on Sunday night.
All that being said, it is a cool event. I think it should be offered at all city parks--on a rotating basis. That way no one neighborhood gets completely annoyed on a regular basis and a very cool event continues. The city should be encouraging this and helping it to be a success, rather than throwing obstacles in its place. Isn't there currently a conversation about how we are losing people from NM and what can be done to make this a more vibrant place? Well, I would offer the ingenuity of the food truck people as exhibit #1.
Also, just musing...couldn't they also put this event on in the vacant lots left by hotels torn down on Central? Maybe less purty, but hey. Honestly, the city should turn those into food truck lots, like in Portland. Or community gardens.... Okay. I'll shut up now.
How do you finance a $60M luxury box upgrade to an athletic arena? By not worrying about it until after it's built.... I'd call it the (Lack of) Money Pit.
For a couple of years, some local radio station would launch a movie at our local park (Academy Hills) without any notification, and all these people would jam into the park. You could hear the movie two blocks away. I'm glad they haven't showed up again.
Maybe they could show the movie at the food truck throwdown - somewhere along the side of the train depot. Or the food trucks could sponsor something like Shakespeare in the Park, and start in the afternoon - I don't understand what the fascination is with movies you've watched dozens of times.
Or sponsor some local bands or a magic show or a dog contest or an eating contest....
I like Tiguex too! The museums could also promote themselves as the family friendly thing to do beforehand as well. They're always looking for a younger crowd and this sounds like a perfect way to do it.
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