Working on the Railroad
After years of deliberation, the wheels may finally be turning on a project to redevelop Albuquerque's historic railyard
In the late 1800s, railroad executives chose to locate their regional hub here in Albuquerque, transforming what was then a small, rural town into the territory's commercial center. The railyards remained in operation until after World War II when the automobile dramatically diminished the role of trains in transport. For decades, the scene of what was once the city's financial engine has been more or less vacant. Over the past several years, as redevelopment has become more and more likely, the huge, valuable piece of land, which lies in the heart of the city between First Street and Broadway bordering Downtown and the South Valley, has been a cause of local curiosity and concern.
Albuquerque's 16th Council met for the next to last time on Nov. 7. Councilors Sally Mayer and Miguel Gómez were absent.
The Real Side
To Find Out What's Really Going on in Iraq ...
Ask a woman from Santa Fe
To find out what's really going on in Iraq, you could talk to soldiers who've been there. I met one of the soldiers injured in the explosion shown in Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 911, the one where a bomb goes off in a tree. Like other returning veterans I've tried to draw out, the most detail I got from him was, “It's worse than you can imagine.”
Odds & Ends
Dateline: Bosnia—A hand grenade being used in a game of catch exploded early last Saturday killing three youths in the town of Novi Grad. Two of the youths, aged 19 and 20, one of them from neighboring Croatia, were killed instantly while a 20-year-old woman died on the way to the hospital, police said. The woman's sister was slightly injured while two other youths suffered serious injuries. The explosion occurred at 2 a.m. in the Novi Grad town center, an area frequented by the town's young population. ONASA news agency quoted witnesses as saying the youths tossed the hand grenade back and forth to each other before it exploded in the hands of one of them.
The article "Recasting New Mexico History" by Katy June-Friesen [Feature, Oct. 20-26] is excellent in many ways but defective in its basic history. We in the New Mexican Hispanic Culture Preservation League believe that few people are aware or knowledgeable in valid New Mexican history. We believe that too much cultural bias has been promoted as history. For example, American historiography consistently portrays Oñate (and most personalities out of Spain) as "cruel, greedy fanatics." This is standard, popular psychology but the historical facts don't support such a view. (For starters see The Last Conquistador: Juan de Oñate and the Settling of the Far Southwest by Marc Simmons. The major work is Don Juan de Oñate: Colonizer of New Mexico, 1595-1628 by Hammond and Rey.)