Monday, January 08, 2007

Happy 2007

I'll begin with a picture:

This picture sums up the coming of the new year for me. A clean fresh start (although now it's mostly grey and slushy after about 18" of the white fluffy stuff over the last few weeks). Even thought this year is mostly rolling from the momentum of last year, this year has the potential to be a whole new giant step for the city's move to a higher level of urbanity.

Another building to be converted to condos: 500 Copper.

With four major downtown residential projects under construction and two MASSIVE developments to be made official this year (Jonathon Rose Co's project and the arena project), 2007 may be as monumental as 1998 when the plans for the downtown came to fruition.

Near the new Gertrude Castle, this area will soon be urban residential on a level Albuquerque has not seen before.

In Denver for the New Year's weekend, I got to experience something that I couldn't help but feel a little jealous of - riding the light-rail into downtown in the middle of a snowstorm to attend a sports event at the Pepsi Center. Imagine riding the Railrunner and/or Streetcar to the downtown arena to attend a concert or to the Pit for a Lobo game. Oh the possibilities....


Anonymous said...

Interesting tidbit. The building in the NW corner of Central and San Mateo (drug store that never was) is about to have a lease signed. Brace yourselves... A One-Stop shop for social services!!! I wonder if the local devlopers/business owners are aware of this fabulous plan. I hear an open date of April 1...NO FOOLING.

Phil said...

retail, retail, retail, retail, retail!!

ok, i've voiced my downtown opinions for the new year. maybe all this new residential will finally convince some store owners to take the plunge.

and anonymous, that's a perfect place for a social-service center. central and san mateo is a major crossroads/stopping place for the folks who use such services. there's very little in that immediate vicinity that's incompatible with such a function.