I hope that you have had a happy and restful holiday. As we take this time to reflect on the past year and prepare for the one just around the corner, I would like to express how grateful I am for this community. In times of crisis and challenge, I have seen Albuquerque unite and overcome, and ultimately find cause for celebration.
Our City’s mission to serve all Burqueños and set solutions in place still holds strong as we enter the new year. We are looking forward to advancing critical initiatives that tackle our housing crisis, public safety, Downtown revitalization, and sustainability. We have made substantial progress in these priority areas from passing legislation through the Metro Crime Initiative, creating new housing opportunities, and securing funding for the Downtown Rail Trail. Our ABQ 2022 Year in Review highlights many of our accomplishments from the past year.
While I know the new year will bring its own unique challenges, we remain steadfast in our commitment to making Albuquerque a better place for everyone that calls it home. We are confident that we will carry the momentum of the last year with us into 2023 and beyond.
We are looking forward to seeing what the future holds, and we wish everyone a very happy and healthy New Year.
As we near the holiday season, we are taking time to reflect on our community and the things we cherish most about Albuquerque. From supporting small local businesses while you’re gift shopping to attending some of our traditional events like the Twinkle Light Parade and River of Lights, there are so many ways to celebrate our city in the coming months.
Speaking of the next few months, we are also preparing for the next legislative session where we will join other leaders across the city and state to promote our second round of the Metro Crime Initiative (MCI). These new policies are geared towards fighting gun violence, retail crime, and the fentanyl crisis as well as boosting officer retention and supporting victims of violent crime. Whether it was expanding our Violence Intervention Program or helping our officers crack down on auto theft ‘chop shops,’ MCI has been instrumental in getting every level of the criminal justice system to take responsibility for the real change that will make our city safer. We know the journey isn’t over, but we have our sights set on a successful legislative session that brings results for Burqueños and our neighbors around the state.
We are better together and we strive to keep this spirit not just during the holidays, but also in our everyday work. We wish everyone a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.
Whether it’s creating accessible housing or revitalizing downtown, we’re moving our city forward.
We know that across Albuquerque, across ages and incomes, families are feeling the housing strain. Rents have risen dramatically, placing significant stress on middle-income households and exacerbating risks for lower-income households. We need more affordable and accessible homes and more housing options. Earlier this month, we joined local leaders to announce Housing Forward ABQ, a plan which strives to do just that: create 5,000 new housing units by 2025, and set Albuquerque up for the future. Yes, this is an ambitious goal, but it is possible and desperately needed by our neighbors and families who are seeking housing that fits their needs and budgets.
We also announced our Downtown Forward Plan which tackles public safety, economic development, and housing in our downtown core. We love and appreciate our historic downtown, but we also know it needs to be safer with more year-round activity for all ages in order to be the thriving city center it can be. That means investing in public safety and local entrepreneurs, creating more opportunities for positive community gatherings, and carrying out innovative projects like the Rail Trail.
We know that our city is capable of great things, and that is why we are implementing these initiatives and working with community partners and leaders to make them a reality. When we share our love for Albuquerque and create unique solutions, anything is possible.
At the September 19, 2022 City Council Meeting, the Council approved O-22-34 and Concept Map A as their new City Council District boundaries for the next 10 years. The ordinance will be formally published on Thursday, October 13, 2022 and the new Council District Boundaries will take effect on Thursday, October 20, 2022. City Council webpage and updated AGIS mapping layers will also go into effect on October 20.
The new City Council District boundaries account for population changes and offers minimal change from current Council Districts. Council District boundaries remain identical for Districts 3, 4, and 9. Changes to other Districts include:
District 5 had to lose population. Its boundary with District 1 moves north to the bluff south of the Petroglyph Estates.
District 2 crosses the river between Central and I-40 to Coors taking the West Mesa and Pat Hurley neighborhoods from District 1.
District 6 moves west into District 2 from Buena Vista to I-25 between Gibson and Lomas. District 6 also takes the University West area (including Carrie Tingley Hospital) from District 2.
District 7 moves south into District 2 from I-40 to Lomas between I-25 and Carlisle not including the University West area.
District 8 moves into District 7 from Montgomery to Comanche between Wyoming and Eubank.