Albuquerque is an amazing city.
Research universities and facilities, amazing weather, second to none outdoor recreation, incredible ethnic and cultural diversity, and a burgeoning urban character are just a few things that define and attract us to this amazing place. The Duke City has endless potential.
However, there are elements that are lacking. Its nascent urban character is in need of a little help and encouragement. The City’s walkability in the majority of the city, for instance, is desperately lacking in good facilities. There are pockets of urbanity and strong urban design, but they certainly are not the norm.
Fortunately, this is changing and is where UrbanABQ.com enters the game.
This site will primarily:
- Report on relevant private sector developments, focused primarily on the “core” of the Albuquerque metro area
- Report on relevant public sector investments in infrastructure
- Serve as a center for information about important public meetings and opportunities for involvement
- Discuss and provide commentary on the issues of walkability, transportation, urban design, and general urbanity
We will continually be looking for guest and regular contributors so feel free to contact us with story ideas and please comment when you feel inclined.
Thanks for reading!
About Dan Majewski
danmajewski.com – Personal Website
Growing up in the Far Northeast Heights of Albuquerque, NM, Dan was a typical suburban youth. He drove everywhere and thought nothing about automobile dependence.
He began attending University of Arizona in Tucson in 2008 without his car. Living on campus was easy without a vehicle. Once he moved a few miles away from campus, transportation became more of a challenge. Dan embraced it, depending on public transit and his bicycle for transportation. During these years, Dan took many trips to other cities and countries. It soon became apparent that Americas built environment and transportation policy was broken.
Dan joined an advocacy organization in Tucson called the Living Streets Alliance. Through this group, he found a position at the City of Tucson doing research for future bicycle boulevard routes. He also found a position with Perimeter Bicycling/Pima County, which focused on safety and advocacy for bicycling in the region.
Currently, Dan is the top content contributor for urbanabq.com and, along with a team of others, manages the UrbanABQ Facebook page with other local urbanists. He also works for Nextdoor.com, the free private social networking site for you and your neighbors. In addition, Dan is the coordinator of ABQ CiQlovia, an event proposed for September 21, 2014 in the Old Town / Downtown area. He currently lives in the Parkland Hills neighborhood, just south of Nob Hill.
About Tim Trujillo
Note – Tim has moved to Portland, Oregon to pursue career opportunities. As a result, he is no longer involved in UrbanABQ. We look forward to his return to AB in the future!
Tim is the founder of UrbanABQ, having created a blog about urban development in Albuquerque back in 2006. He grew up near Altura Park, walking to Jefferson Middle School and then driving to Albuquerque High. Tim fled Albuquerque and New Mexico only to discover how special his hometown and state truly are.
Tim studied engineering in the cornfields of Iowa (go Cyclones!) and returned to apply his knowledge in the design of HVAC and plumbing systems for primarily commercial and educational buildings around the state. His readings in planning and urban design began to make him question the architecture that he was helping to shape.
Several years later he moved to Seattle for graduate school to study urban design and planning at the University of Washington. Living near downtown allowed him to experience the urban lifestyle that he’d only experienced as a tourist. Abroad studios gave him the opportunity to bike around Copenhagen and Malmo with Gehl Architects, studying and measuring the built environment. He got to study in Taoping, China, in the Sichuan Provence, to address resilient building reconstruction, ecologically sensitive site design, cultural heritage preservation, and sustainable tourism development. His thesis research allowed him to live in Buenos Aires and involved analyzing the built environment and social conditions of an informal settlement in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
During graduate school, Tim interned for the Seattle Design Commission, who advises the Mayor, City Council, and City departments on the design of capital projects for their affects the public realm. During his time, Tim saw major projects come before the Commission, such as the multibillion dollar viaduct project, Seattle Center master plan amendments, light-rail expansion, the Capitol Hill/First Hill streetcar, numerous civic facilities, among others.
Tim currently works as an Urban Planner at the architecture firm, Dekker/Perich/Sabatini, where he is engaged in multiple planning projects around Albuquerque and throughout New Mexico. He is also an Advisory Committee Member at ReUrbanate ABQ, who’s mission is place making in greater downtown Albuquerque.
He is adamant about the role that design plays in creating more livable and enjoyable human places. Albuquerque’s history of designing for automobile efficiency has taken its toll. Fortunately, economic and social changes have helped to turn the tide. Tim is currently trying to develop a parklets (parquitos!) system for Albuquerque as a means to provide additional public space in our often brutal urban environments.