ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – The Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce hosted “For the Love of Downtown” to discuss ways to revitalize downtown. Guests heard from a community development expert who emphasized the need for any downtown to establish its own unique arts and culture that cannot be found anywhere else.
Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller pointed to advantages that downtown already has, such as low traffic and easy access, as well as proximity to the river. He also talked about making sure the character of the community is preserved. “How are we going to maintain our culture and our historic buildings and fill them up, but make sure you don’t tear them down. That we don’t gentrify,” Mayor Keller said.
While discussing the changes, Mayor Keller also acknowledged that a key part of attracting businesses and the public will be improving safety. “How do we make sure we don’t have stolen cars, drive-bys?” he said.
The city will collect data and public feedback over the next six months to develop a revitalization plan.