A Bright Future for Urban Albuquerque – 2017 In Review

Published by the Urban ABQ Communications and Outreach Committee

Looking back, 2017 was a busy year for Urban ABQ. Over 250 people shaped our many events- and if you were one of those people, we thank you for your time, energy, volunteerism and dedication! Click the following links to learn more about/review the 3 major events we led this year:

Saturday, August 5th (30+ attendees): A Day of Action – the Future of Urban Albuquerque

Wednesday, September 13th (100+ attendees): Conversations with the City of Albuquerque Mayoral Candidates

Saturday, November 18th (150+ attendees) – Citywide Summit – Shape the Future of Urban Albuquerque


We hosted these events so that we could engage people in Albuquerque around a question:

What is the Future of Urban Albuquerque?

Urban ABQ has been meeting monthly for over 7 years. However, in a year when a new mayor was being elected, a once-in-a-generation update to the city’s plan and zoning code was being written and passed into law, and the largest transit investment in Albuquerque’s history was being built, we wanted to engage more people in our community. Through these 2017 events, a diversity of people from Albuquerque are shaping an urban narrative for Albuquerque’s new leadership. We’re building a coalition of locals, over 500 strong so far, who love the Heart of Albuquerque- and want to see a city filled with more places for people.

On the question about the future, issues emerged during our August event in the form of 8 broad topics:

Public Health & Poverty  /   Local Economy  /   Housing & Zoning   /   Public Safety & Crime   /   Active Transportation & Safety  /   Vision for the Central Corridor  /   Environment & Urban Resources  /   Community Engagement & Communications

Going forward as a group, we will focus on these topics and how they relate to urbanism in Albuquerque (click here to learn more about what urban Albuquerque is). These topics reflect the various projects we’ve been involved in over the years and the conversations we’ve been having as a group for years, primarily through our Facebook page and on this website.

What’s Next?

All Urban ABQ 2018 meeting dates

Here is our monthly meeting schedule for this coming year. Monthly meetings are where we will be planning events, hearing reports from our committees and more! Meetings occur on the last Thursday of every month. We currently have four committees: Communications and Outreach, Programing, Logistics, and Finance.
If you would like to join a committee, email us at urbanabq505@gmail.com.

Click here to see and join the Facebook event for all of our monthly meetings! 

Next Event – A Postcard for Mayor Keller

Besides our regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, January 25th, join us at City Hall on Monday, Jan 29th at 4 PM to present a giant postcard to mayor Tim Keller! This postcard contains messages to the mayor from the people who attended the Citywide Summit on Saturday, Nov 18th. It will be a chance to engage the new administration around the issues we as group care most about.

Click here to see the Facebook event- and please join it and invite others!

We need as many people as possible to join us for this photo op- so please come and invite people, especially if you were a part of the Citywide Summit. Let us show the new administration how many people in Albuquerque care about creating more places for people.

We look forward to working with you this coming year!

Urban ABQ: People Who Love Places, Places that Love People

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