Though Albuquerque was not mentioned in this short Streetfilms video, the national trend is clear: for the first time since the mass production of the automobile, Americans are driving fewer miles per year. This has been going since before the Great Recession.
Record ridership on ABQ Ride would lead one to believe that this trend holds true in Albuquerque. However, local (and federal) transit funding has remained stagnant.
Hopefully, city and regional leaders will notice this trend before they build too many more multi-million dollar interchanges (I’m looking at you Paseo & I-25).
I encourage you to send this video to elected officials or friends who you feel should see it.
This is UrbanABQ. It’s an evolution and a combination of many previous websites and ideas. One of its original incarnations on Blogspot can be found at this link: UrbanABQ.
UrbanAbq.com will be a venue for conversation about the past, present and future of a dense and cosmopolitan metro area. As a result, the news and information on this website will be focused on the core of Albuquerque: Downtown, UNM/CNM, Old Town and areas in proximity to these places.
We will not be limiting the scope of this site to these portions of the metro area. There are “urban” elements found all over the greater middle Rio Grande valley region. For example, the historic center of Belen, NM has a commuter rail station, well designed blocks and walkable elements. However, Belen has become a suburb of Albuquerque and its modern urban form is primarily suburban. For this reason, Belen won’t be discussed much on this site but know that it falls within the scope of coverage.
There will be more posts coming soon covering a variety of topics. Transportation (with an emphasis on mass transit, bicycling and walking) and infill development will be a major focus as well.