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Downtown Neighborhoods

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Wells Park

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West Old Town

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West Old Town

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Raynolds Addition

Welcome to Downtown Albuquerque News, a micronews platform serving the neighborhoods of Barelas, Raynolds Addition, Huning Castle, West Park, West Downtown, West Old Town, Old Town, Sawmill, Wells Park, Downtown Neighborhoods, and Silver Platinum.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2019

  • Election results
  • BioPark attendance figures, hotel prices, photos of Tuerta sandwiches, and the Jim Henson bump at AM - all in the monthly Hospitality and Entertainment Index.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

  • Briefing: Last chance to vote in City Council runoff, West Old Town's annual River of Lights endurance exercise, Raynolds water line construction project delayed with more to come in 2020, and an update on the new building at 6th and Lomas.

Monday, December 9, 2019

  • The Amazing Race: A bicycle, scooter, and runner versus the BioPark train.

Friday, December 6, 2019

  • The first homeless shelter meeting is scheduled, a new brewery for the Downtown core, the Holiday Stroll is tonight, and more on the Friday Roundup.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

  • The kids just started a vegan eatery. Mom and Dad sell steak burritos a few feet away: A Wells Park tale of two restaurants and one family.
  • Plus: How fast do those e-scooters really go?

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

  • Downtown Gas prices, Rio Grande flow numbers, the precipitation trackers, how ABQ Ride compares to peer transit agencies, and more on the December Climate and Transport Index.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

  • An industrial-strength gift guide to Sawmill and Wells Park.

Monday, December 2, 2019

  • With ART, bus service Downtown is much more frequent, but slower.
  • Rick Miera, the Downtown stalwart, has moved to Corrales

Friday, November 29, 2019

  • A thank-you letter 300 years in the making, River of Lights traffic details, a bosque trail love letter, a report on neighborhood policy revamp, the grant that will help plan the future of 4th in Barelas, and more on the Friday Roundup.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

  • Median home prices, Central vacancies, the rental market, before and after photos, and even poetry on November's Real Estate Index.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

  • What Downtown traffic counts say about the economy and Central Ave (looks like some are avoiding it). And in Wells Park and Barelas, lots more thu traffic.

Monday, November 25, 2019

  • Briefing: Possible homeless shelter sites to be announced next month, city wants to study BioPark train replacement, Old Town connections, Rio Grande construction is behind schedule but will stop for holidays, and the Central-Lomas rail trail hunts for funding.

Friday, November 22, 2019

  • The ghosts of trolleys past, lawsuits allege abuse at Immaculate Conception, historic woodcuts, and more on the Friday Roundup.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

  • New Mexico United shifts focus from Rail Yards to Rail Yards adjacent. Also: The 2020 revitalization agenda includes three small buildings on north side and facelift for 2nd.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

  • November's Social Index: The latest crime statistics, buried treasures from mini libraries, soup kitchen meal stats, and more.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

  • Briefing: Runoff election voting begins today, how your precinct voted on the homeless shelter bond, the adobe wall collapse at Tingley and Alcalde, and check out a quilt/map or north Downtown neighborhoods.

Monday, November 18, 2019

  • Things to know about the Wells Park-Sawmill rail spur
  • The speed hump situation on Park Ave.

Friday, November 15, 2019

  • Friday Roundup: The new Avenida Huerta, the hunt for stadium and shelter money in Santa Fe, "largely successful" quiche Lorraine, and more.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

  • Six takeaways from the City Council election: How your precinct voted, what that means for the runoff, why Election Day was only half the story, and more.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

  • November's Hospitality and Entertainment Index: Attendance and event numbers at area museums and attractions, hotel prices, our edible photos of the month feature, and more.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

  • Briefing: New gates will block vehicle traffic along Tingley ditch, five things to know about the ART rollout, a by-donation bee removal service, and the I-40 sandhill crane elevator.

Friday, November 8, 2019

  • Friday Roundup: United mural, La Esquinita soft launch, council candidate reaction, the e-scooters return, and more.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

  • Join a former president and a famous dancer on this photo tour of mid-20th century Barelas.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

  • Election results, plus the November Climate and Transport Index.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

  • Briefing: Christmas Shop owners to retire after 41 years, a complete guide to the election, the city's response to e-scooter news, and fallen bosque trees cleared.

Monday, November 4, 2019

  • Briefing: E-scooters pulled from streets "out of abundance of caution," the Portland Loo restroom looks to have found a home in Old Town, and the city's legislative wishlist for Downtown includes projects in Sawmill, West Old Town, Raynolds, and Barelas.

Friday, November 1, 2019

  • Friday Roundup: An ART station for "Barelas," bosque fall color, La Esquinita soft launch, reader reaction to free fare zone, chicken drama, a council campaign spending update, and more.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

  • Love, trolleys, fires at the Sawmill, and a cameo by Jimmy Stewart: An oral history of Wells Park.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

  • ABQ Ride's Downtown free fare zone is a year and a half old, but we really have no idea how it's doing.
  • Plus: Why free fare areas are tricky to administer, unless you're dealing with a system like ART.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

  • Briefing: The Coronado Principal's fascinating backstory, new striping plan for 2nd near Rail Yards, a mini library for food, and the city tries to buy a key Wells Park property.

Monday, October 28, 2019

  • A status report on the hottest topics in Downtown policing, from bicycle cop coverage to the camping crackdown at Coronado Park to what exactly counts as 12 officers for the Downtown Public Safety District.

Friday, October 25, 2019

  • The Friday Roundup: More bike and foot races this weekend, questions on the homeless shelter, an update on the City Council race, and more.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

  • Suddenly, everyone is talking about Homewise. We found out more about this unusual and fast-moving nonprofit, and put together a Q & A guide.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

  • The October Real Estate Index: Downtown home sale and rental prices, new building permits, before and after photos, and the Central storefront vacancy report.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

  • Briefing: Mum's the word on ADAPT details, panel recommends changes to #8 bus route, an update on the City Council race's finances, and the surprising difficulties Downtown apartment dwellers have with recycling.

Monday, October 21, 2019

  • Briefing: Hotel Blue project update, three takeaways from last week's homeless shelter forum, more stops along Central for shelter bus, Siembra students produce commercials for Downtown businesses, more voting locations open, and a complete roundup of our election coverage.

Friday, October 18, 2019

  • Friday Roundup: Between the marathon and the BioPark discounts, it's a busy weekend ahead.
  • Also: New coffee shop opens, the B. Ruppe soiree, and the big impact Balloon Fiesta has on Old Town.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

  • How the Silver Platinum Downtown Neighborhood Assocation lost city recognition.
  • What happens when a Downtown business gets a shoutout in the New York Times.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

  • The October Social Index: Crime stats, treasure hunting at mini libraries, and other data points on Downtown's social fabric.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

  • The archives of B. Ruppe Drugs are absolutely fascinating. Come take a tour.


Friday, October 11, 2019

  • Friday Roundup: At Rio Grande Pool, dogs prefer grass. Plus: How the Kimo got its name, Rail Yards parking lot is striped, ALT's Mama Mia opens this weekend, and more.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

  • Central-Lomas rail trail gets $2 million
  • Joseph Griego's City Council campaign all but ignores Downtown
  • Details on the 6th and Lomas commercial development

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

  • The Balloon Fiesta's impact on Downtown hotel rates, a photo tour of the growers' market, and more on the monthly Hospitality and Entertainment Index.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

  • Briefing: Appliance City building under contract to be sold, e-scooters go residential, an update on Rio Grande construction, early voting begins today, and the audible intersection at 6th and Silver is about to talk specifics.

Monday, October 7, 2019

  • Bike cops, reckless driving, development, and the future of Mountain and Bellamah: The cliff notes from a D2 City Council candidate forum.

Friday, October 4, 2019

  • Friday Roundup: Dogs in the Rio Grande Pool, Barelas welcome sign is back, the Sawmill home sale quagmire, and more.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

  • Our series of City Council candidate profiles concludes with Zack Quintero.
  • He wants to attract more cops to the beat by forgiving some of their student debt.
  • Article includes links to the unedited interview audio.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

  • DAN's monthly Climate and Transport Index, featuring stats on river flow, the aquifer, temps and precipitation at the Botanical Garden, train and bus ridership, and just how late those Amtrak trains are these days.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

  • DAN's district two City Council race coverage continues today with candidate Robert Nelson.
  • The Wells Park activist wants to reset the terms of the city-citizen relationship.
  • Article includes links to the unedited interview audio.

Monday, September 30, 2019

  • DAN's district two City Council race coverage continues today with candidate Isaac Benton.
  • The incumbent has caught flak on ART, homelessness, crime, and roundabouts, but he says he's an effective city councilor fluent in the art of the possible.
  • Article includes links to the unedited interview audio.

Friday, September 27, 2019

  • E-scooter rider escapes DWI rap, the fig trees of Alvarado, consulate turns 170, and more in the Friday Roundup.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

  • DAN's coverage of the district two City Council race debuts today with a profile of law-and-order libertarian candidate Steven Baca.
  • Find out what he thinks about crime, homelessness, ART, roundabouts, and more.
  • Article includes links to the unedited interview audio.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

  • A prominent Downtown bistro closes, but a new Central Ave. sandwich shop opens Monday.
  • Plus: Updates on home prices, rentals, and building permits, all on the monthly DAN Real Estate Index.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

  • How much more police presence does the Downtown Public Safety District actually bring?
  • Plus: Why was it created, what are the borders, and after a year of work, what do we know about the results?

Monday, September 23, 2019

  • Ever wonder where all those e-scooter riders are headed? We mapped it out.
  • Plus: How are the rental bikes doing in this modern scooter era?

Friday, September 20, 2019

  • Friday Roundup: Between the president, NYT travel writers, and private train car owners, everyone is visiting Downtown.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

  • All access, good cardio, and a certain kind of fame: What it's like to be a letter carrier Downtown.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

  • The monthly DAN Social Index: Crime stats, library visit numbers, promising books from mini libraries, and more.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

  • How to hit green lights in the Downtown Safety Zone
  • Hotel construction and the convention center's booking problem
  • Major progress on ABQ Ride driver shortage
  • The latest City Council financial disclosure forms
  • A totally fun Downtown-themed video hub
  • CESSOS says hello to Raynolds

Monday, September 16, 2019

  • ART is gearing up fast.
  • New sculpture raises questions
  • Names for West Downtown that didn't quite make the cut.
  • Details on construction project at 9th and Tijeras
  • The new Raynolds coffee shop
  • The case of the 50-foot striping gap on lead

Friday, September 13, 2019

  • The Friday Roundup: Psychic Kids at Painted Lady, ¡Globalquerque! info, Sotomayor visits the Kimo, and more.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

  • The Huning Castle neighborhood is a wildly popular filming spot. It may get even busier.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

  • Explora and the penguins keep attracting tons of visitors.
  • Plus, what's cooking at Urban Taqueria.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

  • The city wants to build a Homeless Shelter 2.0
  • But for Downtown neighborhoods, it's a matter of location, location, location

Monday, September 9, 2019

  • Briefing: Construction on Rio Grande, a documentary about Wells Park, details on Barelas Park Renovation, and Lead/Coal speed limit signs

Friday, September 6, 2019

  • Possible BioPark price increase, desert nomads in Wells Park, and B. Ruppe's opens Oct. 1: It's the Friday Roundup

Thursday, September 5, 2019

  • Our insane mosquito year, illustrated.
  • Plus: How spraying and not spraying works.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

  • Travel times are up, the river is down, and August was the 13th driest on record: Its the DAN Climate and Transport Index.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

  • The future of the Rail Yard's comes into focus.
  • If you haven't been paying attention to this story for the last 140 years, you'll want to read our overview Q & A guide.

Friday, August 30, 2019

  • Friday Roundup: Junk and Jog in the bosque, La Esquinita food hall in Barelas revs up, and can classical music improve the underpass at Central and the tracks?

Thursday, August 29, 2019

  • How to watch the Sunday night lowriders: A Q & A guide.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

  • The monthly DAN Real Estate Index:
  • Median sale prices Downtown, rental data, a quick tour of The Franz, and vacant storefronts on Central in the Downtown core.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

  • A tiny Downtown carsharing program is going away, but advocates think the larger idea would have a bright future if given a chance.
  • Plus: We rummage around City Council campaign spending disclosure forms to see what there is to learn.

Monday, August 26, 2019

  • Food trucks, a wine bar, and a distillery: Two Old Town Developers are pushing for a younger, more local vibe on a key corner.

Friday, August 23, 2019

  • Friday Roundup: New zoo animals, the Telephone Museum, letters to the editor, APD wants you to call them, Homelessness survey numbers, the Riordan mural, and more.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

  • E-scooter riders are at least as bad as drivers and bicyclists, but are they actually worse?
  • Plus: How to report problematic riders without calling the cops, and the DAN audit of scooter parking jobs.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

  • The monthly DAN Social Index:
  • Neighborhood crime stats
  • Interesting books we found in Downtown mini libraries
  • Figures on meals served at soup kitchens, how many Downtown kids need a big brother or big sister, and more.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

  • Your complete guide to the Central-Lomas rail trail
  • Diagrams, maps, and where the idea goes from here
  • ALSO: Details on UNM's renovation of the Antoine Predock property on 12th and Marquette

Monday, August 19, 2019

  • Hotel Blue plans call for coffee shop, food trucks, $1.1 million tax break
  • Is the financial aid absolutely necessary? We’ll weigh the arguments and see who in the surrounding neighborhoods is making them.
  • Plus: El Vado’s developer will break ground on next door Monterey Motel and adjacent apartments later this year. We have a map/guide.

Friday, August 16, 2019

  • Friday Roundup: Teach a WMS elective, the One Albuquerque Sign Woes, and remembering the publisher of El Hispano News.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

  • Homelessness Downtown: A DAN cheat sheet overview
  • A comprehensive overview of the problem
  • DAN's plans to dig even deeper

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

  • DAN's monthly Hospitality and Entertainment Index
  • Penguins drive massive zoo attendance spike
  • Bike In Coffee expands to Fridays - we have photos of what you can eat there.
  • Hotel rates rise with summer vacation season.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

  • Monroe’s Lomas location will close when 4th & Mountain opens.
  • Summer hours extension at BioPark is no more.
  • B of A selling abandoned Lomas & 6th branch.
  • The Facebook of 1865 at AM
  • What’s the deal with the Polish section at Silver Street Market.

Monday, August 12, 2019

  • New Mexico United wants to move Downtown. There are three locations under consideration.
  • The city and team agree that neighborhood buy in is key, so what are people saying?
  • Plus: What do district two City Council candidates think?

Friday, August 8, 2019

  • Friday Roundup: Coverage of Downtown from other media, newsletters from local non-profits, and the week in Downtown social media.
  • Bonus: Photos from Tuesday's National Night Out.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

  • One of the bell towers at San Felipe de Neri is literally made of human bones.
  • Plus: A bunch of other things you didn't know about this Old Town icon.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

  • The monthly DAN Climate and Transport Index: We track river flow, temperature and rainfall at the Botanical Garden, Downtown municipal water use, Downtown gas prices, transit ridership, and just how late those Amtrak trains are.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

  • Why is the city removing bike lanes on 4th and 5th even as it installs them on Lead and Coal?
  • Anchor restaurant's CEO says he's here to stay
  • Take a peek inside the Arrow Supermarket building, now an antiques store
  • More sheriff's deputies Downtown
  • The status of the BioPark solar install
  • E-scooter prices rose recently
  • Iron Ave. house slated for demolition

Monday, August 5, 2019

  • This summer's river flooding was the most sustained this century - we have the numbers.
  • Why all that water is good for the bosque and bad for mosquito sufferers.
  • The city's timeline for cleaning things up.
  • Whether the crushed rock trail that resists floods so well will ever extend south toward Bridge.