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WW's headstone is missing.
“The ABQ BioPark is the crown jewel of our state and city,” said Mayor Richard J. Berry.
'The BioPark is the state’s most visited tourist attraction, according to the city. The zoo, aquarium and botanic garden have more than 1.2 million visitors annually. In addition, Tingley Beach sees an estimated 300,000 visitors each year.'
I think its misleading to call the Bio-Park the number one tourist attraction in the state, when mostly it's just residents who use the facility. Local schools and young families take a lot of outings there all the time. People who don't live here (supposedly) pay more, so it is possible to figure out the true tourist number. It's a very nice park system, and I'm glad we have it, but most tourists really say/think Santa Fe when they visit NM, and the downtown plaza area is really the crown jewel of culture here. We really don't need to be oversold on the idea of improvements (like the Bosque, for example).
@shotsie, the mayor's plans for the Bosque were immediately what I thought of too when I read this. The parable of the goose that laid golden eggs springs to mind...his track record for "improvement" leaves a lot to be desired so far.
I don't know why any cyclist with half a brain would have chosen to ride on the Bosque trail yesterday morning. Seriously--just let the runners have the path for half a day. Not gonna kill you. Ride the North Diversion channel trail.
Also, regarding the Walter White grave, there is another story on KOB that says that the "grave" isn't permanent and the headstone is living at Vernon's. I think people who are upset about the temporary grave need to lighten up. Seriously, who cares if there is a fake gravesite near your loved one's grave for 24 hours? Probably the most fun any of the residents of the cemetery have had in a long time.
I think the Mayor can be excused for using the same type of self-serving exaggerated claims of economic benefit that we hear every day. Take, for example, the Balloon Fiesta. The Fiesta claim of 800,000 "visitors" is a tally of turnstile turns. Does anyone doubt that the overwhelming majority of those are locals? Or millions of dollars "saved" due to reduced commuting times at Paseo/I25 when the improvements are completed. I've often thought that if you totaled all the claims made over the course of a year they would exceed NM's GNP.
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