May 2013 

In This Issue
Walkable City
Central Avenue
Rapid Ride
Urban Real Estate Class
Opposed Drive-Through
515 Central Avenue
BelVedere Retail
Baths & Spa

EDo News & Views 


Rob Dickson


Lara Simon

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EDo Neighborhood Association

Board of Directors


David Mahlman Mahlman Studio Architects


Vice President

Doug Majewski

Design Group



Marc Bertram

Hotel Parq Central



Michael Wewerka

Wewerka Enterprises


Michael Armijo

Southwest Securities


John Chavez

New Mexico Angels


Moises Gonzalez

Huning Highlands


Lauren Greene

The Grove Café & Market


Sarah Hartford

Hartford Square Cafe 


Terry Keene

Artichoke Café


Jim Maddox

Maddox Properties


Randi McGinn

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


Bevin Owens

Compass Companies

Huning Highland Neighborhood Association

Board of Directors


Bonnie Anderson 


Vice President

Moises Gonzales



Kathy Grassel



Ann Carson  


Jesse Arneson

Greg Bloom

Ryan Bromberg

Zoey Fink 

Phoenix Forrester  

Steve Grant

Elaine McGivern 

Lee Spittler

Karla Thornton   

"Walkable City"
Road Diet

     Jeff Speck, noted practitioner of new urban design and accomplished author, has published THE economic development success manual for cities in this concise, practical, inspiring and often humorous new book, "Walkable City." 
     His message is clear - cities composed of walkable neighborhoods, districts, and corridors (which will support cycling, transit, and motor vehicles equally well) are going to be successful. Cities not so composed will not attract talented people, and will lose the ones they have.
     It's not hard to put the pedestrian first in our thinking - and it's not expensive compared to gold-plated road widenings and freeway intersections that just create more vehicle traffic. But it does require change, and that's where you come in, dear readers.  
     Your assignment? Read this book and Jeff's 10 Step Program to a Walkable City. Tell others about it. Let's visualize a very different kind of Albuquerque - someday. EDo is pushing hard to be that kind of place!
Central Avenue Complete Street Master Plan
     The City's consultant team met with the public in late February.  Their recommendations are due very soon. The goals of the study include improving safety, increasing options to walk and ride transit, and inspiring property redevelopment through a beautiful and functional public street.
     Think we might see some of Jeff Speck's 10 Steps to a Walkable City in those recommendations? We hope so! We will need your strong support at the right time to make Central Avenue a Main Street we all love, not the bedraggled automobile slum it is today in most places.
Rapid Ride Stop Improvements
ABQ Ride

     EDo and Huning Highlands have "passed our test." Ridership has been very favorable, and our Rapid Ride stops will become permanent. This means new red bus shelters located in wider sidewalks.
     The eastbound stop will be move 1 block east. The westbound stop will remain in front of the Special Collections Library. We hope to see these improvements completed this Summer. 
     Our thanks to ABQ Ride and City Councilor Isaac Benton for their efforts.
"Urban Real Estate Development"
New Urbanism

     Editor Rob Dickson will teach this 3-hour class at UNM from June 3rd through 7th (40 hours), through the Architecture & Planning School. The class has no prerequisites, and is open to all. It will be based upon the "Best Practices Guide" from Congress for the New Urbanism, and Rob's 20+ year development experience. Rob is also a CPA and an attorney. For more information, please e-mail
Oppose Drive-Throughs
Drive Thru

     Subway is requesting a conditional use drive-through for the former Pop N Taco site at Central & Edith. Both the EDo Neighborhood Association Board and the Huning Highland Historic District Association Board unanimously oppose this use. 
     What both neighborhood associations support would be a 3-story building with a sit-down Subway restaurant (and perhaps other shops) on the ground floor, with other uses (such as apartments) above. The EDo zoning allows for this use of the property. 
     The application is in process with the Zoning Hearing Examiner, and will likely end up at City Council on appeal. 
515 Central Avenue NE
512 Central
     Construction is almost complete on the new Maddox Realtors building renovation, and may we say it looks fantastic!  Congratulations and thanks to Jim and Damon Maddox, and to David Day their design professional, on a great improvement to the neighborhood. 

    Speaking of improvements to the neighborhood, the "Holy Cow" boys are bringing EDo a new restaurant, Gravy, at the soon-to-be-renovated former Milton's site.
     Gravy will offer "chef-driven classic Americana," 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Beer and wine will be served. 
     They plan to be open at the end of May.
BelVedere Retail Update

     300 Broadway NE will be a lot busier very soon!
     Hartford Square Cafe is under construction and eyeing a late-May opening. Open from 6:30 am to 5 pm for dining in and until 6:30 for take-out, the Cafe will have indoor and patio seating. We wish them luck! 
     Revelry Salon, now open for over 3 years, is doubling their size prior to July 1st. We salute their success! 
     We also welcome Safeguard Business Systems as a new tenant.  Please support these local businesses, and thank you!
Albuquerque Baths
ABQ Baths

     Just north of EDo and BelVedere, at 1218 Broadway NE, is this beautiful family-owned baths and spa. Designed by former EDo Board member Christian Harper, this tranquil and relaxing setting is 9 blocks away and very affordable. Please check them out - we did!