In this week’s Opinion section, longtime reporter Carolyn Carlson takes on a tough issue. UNM wanted to build a substance abuse treatment center near Central and San Mateo. But residents in that area say there are already too many of those kind of places in their neighborhood. UNM argues that more than half of its patients live in or near that region, and it’s serviced by a reliable bus line.
The goal of the third annual Albuquerque International Festival is to showcase a sampling of all the food, music, dance and art the melting-pot International District has to offer. Take in karate demonstrations, traditional New Mexican music, Native American jewelry and more while learning about services in the resurgent neighborhood. Oh, and you might want to save the best for last; Steps' food cart pod, a one-stop shop for mobile morsels found across the city. The festival is free and runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Talin Market (88 Louisiana SE). For more, you can call 508-9225 or visit stepsabq.org.
Zoning official uses graffiti to alter the urban landscape—and perceptions
By Graeme Prentice-Mott
John Lorne stands admiring a graffiti mural on Second Street and Kinley, near Downtown. It’s a portrait of a Native American spiritual leader who has feathers for hair and a face that appears flooded with the blue sky. “Look at the shading in there. Look at these lines,” he says in a Bronx accent. “Look at this eye.” He points an imaginary spray can close in against the wall to simulate a fine point.