It makes me upset that in 25 years this hasn't changed. I grew up in ABQ and my sister and I hated walking anywhere or taking the bus. It just wasn't safe. I've always been an avid runner, but my mother forbade me to run in our neighborhood (where my parents still live) I'd have to go to my highschool and run around the track.
I live in Brooklyn now, and I admit I do feel safer, but that doesn't mean it is. I'm still very careful and alert when I'm walking alone, especially at night. My partner and I started a not-for-profit called RightRides due to a series of attacks in several Brooklyn neighborhoods in the summer of 2004. We recruited volunteers to drive cars donated by a car sharing service and offer free, safe, late-night rides home for people at risk of sexual harrassment and assault.
Albuquerque could really benefit from a service like this, and I would really like to talk to some one who'd be interested in starting a RightRides chapter. ([link])