•    You probably don't want to read what the State Fair has behind "a temporary gravel dam on a parking lot near Lomas and San Pedro NE."  Just know it isn't a pile of bran muffins.

    •    Moving van business doing great here as people leave ABQ in droves.  And that's just the tip of the tumbleweed.  Most people who move don't even use professional movers.

    •    The laughs are on Texas!  Just when they sue us for more water, we get a forecast for more drought…just dust this year in the Rio Grande.  Drink up, Tex.

    •    ABC Cake Shop & Bakery forks over $220,000 to settle sex-discrimination case.

    •    Looking up!  Satellite Coffee going out-of-state franchise route.

    •    Need a little more boing boing?  Trampoline park opens for jumpers of all ages.

    •    New Mexico Cattle Growers' Association has clean water case thrown out of court.

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Comment by Benny the Icepick on January 9, 2013 at 10:29am

The outward migration study cited by KOB comes as a bit of a surprise.  Still trying to find the US DOL statistics they mentioned; everything I've found shows that ABQ is doing OK compared to the rest of the country, and certainly better than last year.

Comment by once banned twice shy on January 9, 2013 at 11:53am

I, for one, am not going to miss all those people who are leaving.  Maybe if enough of them leave we won't have to spend millions on a new Paseo del Norte interchange.

Comment by Phil_0 on January 9, 2013 at 1:03pm

The van line "studies" strike me as pretty anecdotal and inaccurate for the reason Johnny mentions: most people moving in or out don't use a moving company. Also, there's not necessarily a direct correlation between moving van trips in or out and population movement. A report from another moving firm showed the numbers for in versus out this year were about even. And the US Census Bureau, which uses you know, data, suggests that Albuquerque's population increased between 2010 and 2011, albeit by a much smaller percentage than most neighboring metro areas. Hard to see why there'd be a dramatic shift in that pattern in 2012. Likewise the Census estimates a small population increase for the state as a whole in 2012.

There's no doubting the housing-fueled boom of the 2000s is very much over (despite our "pro-business" mayor and administration), but I don't think this report represents a very meaningful gloss of what's happening with population and growth in ABQ.

Comment by ramon t on January 9, 2013 at 2:18pm

"Maybe if enough of them leave we won't have to spend millions on a new Paseo del Norte interchange."

+1 Or more bike routes, parks, community centers...etc...etc 

Comment by Johnny_Mango on January 9, 2013 at 4:18pm

My take on the migration info is that on the surface it doesn't seem to jibe with other data, including a rising housing market.  Maybe it is people with professional jobs we are losing...like lab and base people, hi-tech employees, and administrators caught in government downsizing.  Overall, however, maybe people in lower paying jobs are still moving in at a greater rate than the professionals we are losing.

Comment by Lahjik on January 9, 2013 at 8:47pm

Hey, more room for me, the wife and all our fuzz-butts to move right in!

Until such a time, would it be too much to hope that maybe they'll franchise Flying Star, too??

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