Is it me, or is the space between our two fair cities shrinking? I'm not talking about open space. I'm talking about mental space -- the idea that the two cities are so easily physically connected that the lines between live/work/play merge.
For me, the Railrunner has done this. Proper or inproper subsidies aside (which belongs on somebody else's post), I've had several experiences lately facilitated by a quick ride up to Santa Fe on the northboundthat make me feel like Santa Fe is my home, too.
The two cities actually compliment each other nicely. At least for me, downtown Santa Fe gives a pedestrian-friendly-city fix, and Albuquerque grounds some of Santa Fe's excesses.
I felt this way living in Nob Hill, three miles from the downtown Railrunner station, and I certainly feel it now living two blocks away. I've never felt this way driving to Santa Fe and back, but rail makes the City Different, well, not so different.
Other than the politics, of course.