September 3, 2010
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EDo Annual Meeting
Hotel Parq Central Opening
EDo Retail
EDo Parking & Traffic
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Mark Your Calendar! EDo Neighborhood Association Annual Meeting September 22nd
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Please join your neighbors and friends in the courtyard of The Lofts at Albuquerque High at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, September 22nd. 
     Food from EDo's great restaurants and refreshments will be provided. The emphasis is on the social, but President Terry Keene will give a State of the Neighborhood Address, and a slate of 7 Board Members will be presented for approval to 2-year terms.  Hope to see you there!
Hotel Parq Central Opening September 23rd
Owners David Oberstein and Marc Bertram, along with General Manager Yancy Sturgeon and Sales Director Andrea Sandoval, plan a Thursday, September 23rd opening for their 74-room boutique hotel. 
     Your editors had the chance to tour the facilities recently, and all we can say is "fabulous." 
     Check out details at, and please tell all your friends, family, and business associates about it.  Let's support EDo's newest and most exciting member!
EDo Neighborhood Retail Leasing Strategy
The transformation of East Downtown and Huning Highlands since the start of construction on The Lofts at Albuquerque High in 2001 has been nothing short of breathtaking.  Much remains to be done to make EDo a true, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood, where many of life's daily needs can be met on foot.  
     Property owners in EDo are working with Grubb & Ellis and other commercial brokers to bring key retail categories to EDo, to build on the ones we already have. Those categories include a neighborhood-scale grocery, pharmacy, fitness center, shipping/mail store, florist, bookstore, hardware/household, ice cream/yogurt, garden, pet, pub with outdoor dining, and French bistro.  
     These will be local, entrepreneurial efforts, we believe, and not corporate operators. In other words, it will be us who bring these needed services to ourselves. If you, or someone you know, is interested in pursuing a neighborhood retail business, please have them e-mail us and we will start a dialogue. 
Parking Management and Traffic Calming Measures for EDo
The EDo Board has been working with the Mayor's office, Councilor Isaac Benton's office, and the Huning Highland Historic District Association for over a year to bring retail and business supportive parking management to East Downtown. 
     During business hours, it is vital for customers of neighborhood retailers (ones who are here, as well as ones we want to bring here), to find an ample supply of convenient, on-street parking available for their use. One needs only to look as far as UNM and Nob Hill to see that their successful retailers rely on paid, on-street parking.

     Parking meters are coming to EDo, along with a neighborhood resident parking permit plan, for those blocks who choose one. The meters will be on Central, and on the blocks north and south of Central adjacent to commercially-zoned properties only.  
     Not everyone will agree with the meters. And it will take time to attract the retailers whose customers will be fully utilizing them throughout the day. The EDo Board thanks area residents and businesses for keeping the big picture and the longer-term success of EDo in mind.  
     Along with the meters (and before them), parking spaces will be striped, and very distinct pedestrian crossings striping installed at intersections along Central, Copper, and Gold, with the goal of "putting the pedestrian first."
     Further phases will include enlarged sidewalks and bus shelters at all bus stops in EDo, to provide comfortable wait stations for transit riders, and to calm traffic on Central & Broadway.
First Baptist Church Fire
There was a recent fire at the historic First Baptist Church, which is now vacant. Damage was not extensive. 
     EN&V understands the Albuquerque Public Schools and the Mayor's office are in discussions regarding a joint development approach that would include an arts magnet school in the historic buildings, and potentially an Events Center on the remainder of the site, or if that is not forthcoming, private development working with the City. 
     Your Neighborhood Board is in regular communication with Mayor Berry and Councilor Benton, and we continue to press for residential and commercial development along Broadway.