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V.22 No.21 |


The Daily Word in Michele Bachmann, eagerly murderous beavers and crazy, crazy goats

The Daily Word

The seemingly-mythical Downtown grocery store may soon be one step closer to becoming a part of our reality.

Here's a guy who decided that drunk driving wasn't dangerous enough.

The New Mexico Mind Research Institute is scanning prisoners' brains to try and predict whether they will re-offend. We can only assume that this will result in a future super-villain's origin story.

Tea Party fave and all around crazy/evil person Michele Bachmann won't be seeking congressional re-election. So sorry to see her go.

Hard-working, industrious beaver industriously murders man.

Video games don't offer a very nuanced portrayal of women. But don't make a video about it or youtube users will get it removed.

A goat went crazy, goat style.

V.21 No.39 |
North America


North America, Pancakes! and The Rip Torn rock Sister tonight

Do your Friday night plans involve a pint of Ben and Jerry's and your DVR? If your answer is yes and you're psyched about that, I can dig it, but, if your answer is yes and you're not excited, here's a last-minute Friday night show announcement.

North America is back in town for the night and will perform at Sister (407 Central Avenue NW), along with Pancakes! and The Rip Torn. The 21-and-over fun begins at 9 p.m. and there's a $5 cover. Check out the below videos and weigh the costs and benefits of your current plans against rocking out at a killer show in a new Downtown venue.

V.21 No.39 | 9/27/2012
The Sicilian sandwich features pepperoni,capicolla and a zing of Italian dressing.
Eric Williams

Restaurant Review

A World of Sandwiches

Cheese & Coffee Café Downtown offers wide variety and a homey feel.
V.21 No.30 | 7/26/2012
Eric Williams


Crimes of the Anasazi: Getting busted in Downtown’s embattled high-rise

It wasn’t a good idea. We knew that at the time, but I guess we thought we would get away with it.

On March 23, 2011, Mike Smith and I took the bus down Central through Albuquerque’s neon-lit Downtown. We were headed toward the Anasazi building. At nine stories tall, it towered over other buildings on the block, and its pueblo-influenced, multitier design gave its dark, empty windows romantic intrigue. Could we get in? What was inside? What would it be like to be one of the few people who had looked out of those lofty windows?

Near the very top of its eastern face, there was a tantalizing sign that entry was possible: A graffiti rainbow coursed from the rooftop down the bare side. If that artist could get in, so could we. We didn’t think about what would happen if we got caught; we just wanted to see it from the inside.

Eric Williams


Crimes of the Anasazi

Getting busted in Downtown’s embattled high-rise

It wasn’t a good idea. We knew that at the time, but I guess we thought we would get away with it.

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V.21 No.27 | 7/5/2012

Gene Grant

Downtown Action

How do we make it go?

A decade ago, Albuquerque was ranked No. 1 as having potential for a creative economy. Urban density was a key component. So how’s it going?
V.21 No.26 | 6/28/2012
lyzadanger / CC BY-SA 2.0


More details on the coming Downtown grocery store

Mayor Richard Berry held a press conference this afternoon to announce plans for a Downtown grocery. He stood on the property where the store will be built, a 1-acre vacant lot on Silver between 2nd and 3rd Streets.

There’s not yet a national chain or local grocer selected to move in. Instead, the city will put out a request for proposals on Friday. Developers will have 120 days to respond. The mayor said he is confident there will be plenty of proposals.

Berry says he hopes this will be another successful Downtown public-private partnership like the Lofts at Albuquerque High and the Alvarado Transportation Center.

The city purchased the land in 2000 for $575,000. In 2003, the city removed six underground storage tanks so the property could be certified as free of any contamination. The mayor characterizes the parcel, which is flat and contains nothing but dirt and asphalt, as “a very buildable site.”

“Downtown needs a grocery store,” says Berry. “I’ve been hearing that since I took over as mayor. We’ve been hearing about this for years.”

This will come as welcome news to Downtown’s 10,000 residents and 30,000 workers. Once the lofts are completed across the street from the site, Berry speculates there will be 500 people living there who will make regular use of the grocery store.

There has not been a full-service grocery store in Downtown since the ’30s. The nearest option right now is a Lowe’s on 11th Street and Lomas.


Psst. There’s going to be a grocery store Downtown. Probably.

We got word that a grocer is finally coming to Downtown Albuquerque. Rejoice! A spokesperson with the city wouldn’t confirm any details but said there’d be a press conference at the site of the coming store—north of Silver between Second and Third Streets—on Thursday at 1 p.m.

See you there.

V.21 No.24 | 6/14/2012


The Daily Word in yard sales, Jeb Bush and Mr. Rogers

The Daily Word

Take the Central bus out of Downtown until 1:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.

Fatal shooting last night.

Commissioner Wiener says he’s going after the photographer who took the snap of him in a notorious red-light district in the Philippines. (He lost Tuesday’s election bad.)

Why is the weather in Westeros so crazy?

Political reporter Haussamen comes out against LGBT discrimination.

City comes out against unending yard sales.

Republicans in Florida outlaw voting on Sunday to suppress the African-American vote.

Jeb Bush says something nice about President Obama.

And ex-Prez Clinton says nice things about Mitt Romney.

Mr. Rogers remixed.

A forest-themed nightclub in Seattle.

Meat talk.

Flaming Lips post naked pictures of Erykah Badu and her sister, angering Badu.

Parents’ blood and spit can reveal fetus’ DNA.

V.21 No.23 | 6/7/2012

Council Watch

Walmart’s Fans and Foes

People turned up at the Monday, June 4 meeting to comment on the proposal to put a Walmart at Coors and Montaño. The Council deferred a vote on whether to give the big-box chain five years to create a development plan. Councilor Brad Winter was absent, and Councilor Rey Garduño said he had to recuse himself from the vote.

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V.21 No.22 | 5/31/2012
A prairie-style home
Eric Williams


History in the Houses

Downtown sector plan aims to preserve Albuquerque’s beginnings

Preserving the past within neighborhoods is what residents had in mind when they started asking the city to take a critical look at their sector plan. The proposed 2012 revision has been in the works for years.
V.21 No.19 | 5/10/2012


Downtown parking lot makes it clear

“No In-Out Privileges.” That’s what she said.

V.21 No.9 |


The Daily Word: Sony is closing downtown ABQ studio; greasing a shaved baby sloth; circumcision news; Rush Limbaugh's Dr. Lauraesque diarrhea of the mouth

The Daily Word

Expanded weekend police presence in downtown Albuquerque.

Sony pictures' post-production studio in Albuquerque is closing.

check out this new search engine, Duck Duck Go.

This Chinese lady wasn't really dead.

When they meet next week, Israel's Prime Minister will ask Obama to support an attack on Iran.

Picture gallery of stupid QR codes and stupid QR code placement.

The FCC wants to know if you think it's ok for cities and other public and private bodies to suspend wireless service when those institutions deem fit.

You are not going to believe how this circumcision went fatally wrong.

Listen to Rush Limbaugh's wacked out rant about a law student's sex life.

"A Ride of Death." 1940's Police Safety Council bicycle safety pamphlet with illustrations. "Result: cracked skull... and death."

BP settled with a large number of plaintiffs in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill case.

Step one, shave baby sloth. Step two, grease up baby sloth with lard. Step three, clothe baby sloth in a onesy.

On this day in 1837, the City of Chicago was invented.

V.21 No.9 | 3/1/2012

Council Watch

Core Dissection

District 3—UNM, Downtown, Barelas—has been carved up, with pieces tacked onto neighboring districts. The move lumps most of the city’s federally designated “pockets of poverty” into one district.
V.21 No.5 | 2/2/2012
Julia Minamata


Growing Pains

Council considers eliminating Downtown-UNM district

Councilor Isaac Benton’s left-leaning region would be carved up under a Republican-backed plan, with much of it added to the North Valley district. Benton would lose his seat after the 2013 election.

Today's Events

Annual Winter Solstice Concert at First United Methodist Church

Bach Violin Concerto in A minor, Cantata BWV 151, a selection of beautiful Renaissance motets of the season and recent music from Irsee Monastery in Bavaria.

7th Annual Pueblo Gingerbread House Contest at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Let It Grow • Grateful Dead tribute • Pink Freud • Pink Floyd tribute at Launchpad

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