Join us at our first ever Urban Albuquerque Action Forum!
If you’re interested in topics including but not limited to street trees, rainwater harvesting, crime & safety, arts & culture, heritage, history & historic properties, development, parking, zoning and density in the Heart of the City this event is for you! Grow these or bring your own!
The topic of the talk was “Healthy, Equitable Urbanism” and the audience was exposed to a variety of best practices from around the world on how to make cities more livable places using a variety of methods.
Written and Edited By Members of the UrbanABQ Collective andBetter Burque
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A Series of Predictions
In late 2014, we wrote an article called “A Great 2014 + The 2015 Forecast,” which can be found HERE. That piece covered positive changes that happened over the previous year and investigated some things we wanted to see happen in 2015.
Much of what we wanted to see in 2015 didn’t happen … until this year, 2016. In fact, most of the items on that list have become a reality in the last couple of months! So, we decided it was time for an update on the update:
Edited by Jessica Carr, Chad Gruber, Leila Salim, Michael Vos and other UrbanABQ team members
February 21, 2016
As of Tuesday, February 9, the Albuquerque Rapid Transit project, otherwise known as ART, was approved for $69 million in federal funding from President Obama’s annual budget. This budget has not yet been approved by Congress so the funding is not guaranteed. However, there is a very good chance this funding will be approved and allocated, based on similar projects being approved in the past.
Regarding opinions in the community around this project, attendees were surveyed at a recent public meeting. The results were split in three ways with “38 percent of [the] 134 citizens who were polled — out of 247 who packed the rehearsal hall for the meeting — [saying] they don’t support the project, compared to 30 percent who said they do ‘very much’ and 57 percent who said they desire improved mass transit in the corridor.”
An Open Letter from Concerned Citizens
At the end of January Save Route 66 Central, the foremost antagonist in the effort to bring bus rapid transit to Albuquerque, published a critique of the city’s newest plan for the project. The entire letter can be found at this link.
We would like to say, in short, that this letter is well-thought-out. It is filled with ideas that could be successful if implemented in conjunction with the ART project. Unfortunately, the letter is also filled with misinformation and other data taken out of context.