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V.20 No.11 |

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Alibi Flickr Photo of the Day

By Tom Nayder [ Tue Mar 22 2011 4:26 PM ]

Posted to Alibi's Flickr photo pool by our friend LuaCheia72.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ingridt/3049790783/in/pool-1039815@N22

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V.19 No.3 | 1/21/2010
A lovely South Broadway junkyard
A lovely South Broadway junkyard

Albuquerque: City of Blight

By Jessica Cassyle Carr [ Tue Jan 19 2010 1:41 PM ]

When thinking about the look of Albuquerque it’s hard to stay positive. On one hand we have great mountains that turn pink at sunset, almost constantly pretty skies, the fading but still beautiful Rio Grande, an abundance of interesting signs, a giant lumberjack, a roller coaster, Old Town, UNM campus, The KiMo and The Occidental Building. On the other hand the city is plagued with abandoned buildings, empty lots, junkyards, ongoing sprawl, graffiti, a giant green monolith that houses Wells Fargo and various other forms of blight.

Who knows what can be done about the Wells Fargo building, but for a long time it’s seemed to me that there is a simple solution to the dirt lot problem: Why doesn’t the city or a charitable organization buy those properties and create parks, squares or other outdoor public spaces? For instance, wouldn't it be nice if the empty lot at Walter and Central, once the location of the Gaslight Motel, was a community garden,?

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