Hi, all -- thought I'd jump into the fray.
Raineycat, you are in good hands with these postings. When I started looking at ABQ as a place to move my family back in May last year, I placed a posting. Most of these folks answering you are the same kind folks who jumped in to answer my questions and alleviate my concerns. Every word was golden and gospel.
ABQ is a wonderful city. Smaller, by some standards, than other cities I've lived in but with a HUGE heart. As for crime, it's no different here than anywhere else I've lived. It exists. Be prudent and thoughtful, and you should be fine. I can assure you from first hand experience that you can chose to live in the nicest and safest of places and still have trouble. If it's going to find you, then it's going to find you. Keep an eye out for yourself and for others, for that matter, and it's all good, right?
ABQ is what I'd call a University Town. There is a certain mindset in a University town, a diversity of people and thoughts, academic, scientific, and with an artistic sensibility. Those things, I think, promote growth in a city. With the right combination of employment opportunities, educational opportunities, economic incentives, climate, etc., etc., etc. this is a city that is on the verge of becoming the Next Big Thing. ABQ is poised for growth. The beauty of that is that it will be a planned growth, I think, with a mindfulness to not exceed the infrastructure of the city nor give up the uniqueness, texture, and flavor that is ABQ.
Okay -- so I'm a happy transplant. That written, I simply want to add the following remarks:
Yukon - welcome to Town! Pick up a copy of New Mexico Woman, a colorful local monthly magazine (New Mexico Woman
) - I think you'll like it, and it will help aclimate you to the town.
abqsunport & Chapparal - hi, guys! Thank you for helping out; nice to "see" you again. I enjoy reading your posts!
Oh! Wait! One more thing -- I've really been impressed with the changes I've seen here in ABQ from the first time I visited (briefly) in the early '80s and today. One thing I've noticed, is how much different it looks with the Graffitti being kept under control. I was listening to a recording in the car the other day of Malcolm Gladwell's The Tipping Point
. I realized that I was actually seeing what he described in action. In the book he refers to something called the broken window theory (I think). If a building has a broken window, and no one fixes it, pretty soon other windows start being broken, trash starts accumulating, and the building goes downhill quickly. Why? Because people think no one cares, so they don't care. ABQ has a number of examples of that theory being recognized and applied, don't you think?
Graffitti abounded. Clean it up and prosecute. Put up signs with a hotline number to call if you see graffitti. Pretty soon things start to look good again, and people have a sense of pride.
I don't know -- pretty random thoughts, I know. The thoughts really belong on this forum, though, because it's the broken window theory in action -- people here do care, and it shows. ABQ is a great city, poised to become an outstanding city.
If you made it this far in my wandering musings, thanks!
Raineycat, you'll love it here!
Triviaologist (and now you know how I came to be named)