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Old 01-28-2009, 10:09 AM
 
Location: NM
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Hi -

I'm relocating to ABQ in a month and am getting depressed with Google's street view pictures that I've seen. Lots of strip malls. I'm looking to live near UNM and I've seen some beautiful pictures on flickr of ABQ - but what neighborhoods were they?

I know expecting lots of trees in a desert is laughable but how about a neighborhood with low traffic (not huge wide avenues) and independent businesses and cafes? I was thinking Nob Hill sounded great from reading through some posts on this forum, but I'm not so sure now.
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Old 01-28-2009, 10:37 AM
 
Location: NM
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I like this string because it talks about the walkability of neighborhoods.

http://www.city-data.com/forum/albuq...aces-live.html

And the map helps a lot when you're from out of town!

Am I wrong to expect any kind of villiage-y feel in ABQ though?
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Old 01-28-2009, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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The 'Country club' neighborhood downtown. Also how about Valley neighborhoods/Corrales?
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Old 01-28-2009, 10:49 AM
 
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Am I wrong to expect any kind of villiage-y feel in ABQ though?
I think so. I think ABQ is a very nice city, friendly people, decent art scene,
etc., etc., etc. but "village-y"? No, I don't think so. That's not a complaint,
just an observation.
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Old 01-28-2009, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Burque!
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I'll agree with Mike on this one. Not very village-esque. Barelas, Corrales, Bernalillo, maybe, but not what you're used to. Nob Hill (near UNM) has many of the qualities of a village (local shops, walkability, etc.), but will probably be out of many young artists price range (see: rybert).

I'm not really sure where I'm going with this, but I guess the further you go toward the river, the more village-esque the city becomes. Anybody agree?
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Old 01-28-2009, 02:27 PM
 
Location: NM
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I can afford Nob Hill (not bragging - just used to NY prices!)

I like what I hear about it, and it seems the right place for me - am I completely off thinking it is made of strip malls? I am hoping so!
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Old 01-28-2009, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM - Summerlin, NV
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Well with out strip malls, this city is nothing but houses.. I think thats how every city is.
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Old 01-28-2009, 03:34 PM
 
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Well with out strip malls, this city is nothing but houses.. I think thats how every city is.
You are a planner, you know that developers can do a better job than they are making strip malls blend better into the urban landscape.
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Old 01-28-2009, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Home, Home on the Front Range
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I can afford Nob Hill (not bragging - just used to NY prices!)

I like what I hear about it, and it seems the right place for me - am I completely off thinking it is made of strip malls? I am hoping so!
The pictures in this slide show are a couple of years old, but I think they give a nice sense of the Nob Hill atmosphere:

Nob Hill, Albuquerque Photos - ABQStyle (http://www.abqstyle.com/nob_hill/albuquerque_nob_hill.htm - broken link)
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Old 01-28-2009, 07:48 PM
 
Location: United States of Vinland
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There are no strip malls in Nob Hill. There is a shopping district along Central but it does not take the form of a strip mall Also, Nob Hill is pretty damn leafy for the southwest.

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