April 2011

In This Issue
Neighborhoods or Suburbs?
Neighborhood 2011 Goals

EDo News & Views 


Rob Dickson


Lara Simon

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EDo Neighborhood Association

Board of Directors


Randi McGinn

McGinn, Carpenter, Montoya and Love, P.A.


Vice President

David Mahlman

Mahlman Studio Architects



Doug Majewski

Design Group



Marc Bertram

Hotel Parq Central


Daniel Blackwood

The Evolution Group


Bill Fleming

The Fleming Company


Antonio Garcia

ZuK Design


Lauren Greene

The Grove Café & Market


Art Hayman

Highland Pharmacy


Pat Keene

Artichoke Café


Terry Keene

Artichoke Café


Michele Meade

Chez D'Or Salon


Bevin Owens

Compass Companies

Huning Highland Neighborhood Association

Board of Directors


Amberley Pyles


Vice President

Karla Thornton



Bonnie Anderson



Joaquin Garofalo


Ryan Bromberg

Ann Carson

David Donaldson

Phoenix Forrester

Moises Gonzalez

Steve Grant

Kathy Grassel

Liam Hoch

Lee Spittler

"Neighborhoods or Suburbs?" Lecture This Friday

This coming Friday 4/22,12 p.m., at the George Pearl Auditorium at UNM's Architecture School (across from the Frontier Restaurant on Central), Developer and City Planning Commissioner Rob Dickson provides a visual and verbal analysis of our built environment, and the choices we make as citizens and as a community - consciously or unconsciously. 

     The lecture is free and open to the public.

Neighborhood Goals - Lunch with Mayor Berry and Councilor Benton
EDo Aerial
On March 25th, Board members from the EDo Neighborhood Association and the Huning Highland Historic District Association Boards met with our Mayor and City Councilor to discuss how to make our neighborhood a greater place to live. Here are the topics discussed:

A "Road Diet" for Central Avenue

Road Diet 

We want to make Central Avenue in EDo a "place" and not just a "road." How?  A road diet! Great "Main Streets" across the USA move substantial traffic in a "pedestrian-first" environment, with one travel lane in each direction and a center turn lane. This condition exists just west of us, in Downtown.  A demonstration project to do this on West Central is underway. Both Boards strongly support doing this in EDo. Please visit

New Rapid Ride Stops at Edith & Central

Rapid Ride 

The Rapid Ride buses stop Downtown at First & Central, and then not again until Presbyterian. Edith stops would be mid-way between them. Over 2,000 residents plus Lovelace Hospital are within a 5-minute (1/4 mile) walk from the stops. It's the perfect 'pedestrian shed' for transit usage.

Improved Bus Shelters   

Bus Shelters 

Ever noticed how bus stops can make one feel like a second class citizen? We say "no longer" in EDo. We have requested attractive shelters with protection from the weather and up-to-date bus route times at all our EDo stops.

Bringing Retail to EDo

Retail  Our goal is the proper "mix" of retail tenants in a "park once and walk" environment that is safe, comfortable, and friendly. Our property owners understand the need to collaborate in trying to bring a grocery, pharmacy, florist, fitness center, garden store, book store, shipping/mail store and others EDo. Great neighborhoods have great local retailers.

Make Special Collections Library a Lending Library   

Library 2011 

The beautifully renovated City Library at 424 Central NE is about to reopen. We have requested that it now become a place to check out and return books, as well as hosting the special collections and genealogy materials. In addition, Botts Hall at the Library is a perfect venue for lectures, small music and dramatic performances, films, and other cultural events. We will work with the City to program the facility in this way.

Highland Park Improvements

Highland Park   

A new design is underway to bring Highland Park back to its former early 20th century greatness and beauty for our neighborhood and our city as a whole. Once complete, we will work with the City to fund the renovation work.

Lead and Coal Avenues   

Lead&CoalYou may have noticed the work underway on Coal Avenue east of I-25, where underground utilities are being upgraded, and new lighting, sidewalks, and street striping for both vehicles and bicycles is being added. That work will shift to Lead in the near future. We have requested that those same improvements be made to our sections of those streets, as was originally planned but eliminated by budget constraints.

Acquire First Baptist Church Site for Redevelopment   


The Church is gone. The school district is not going to buy the site.  As with Albuquerque High, these big projects don't happen without a public-private effort. The City is studying this matter, and we will keep our readers informed.