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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

[LTE – Alibi] Berry and ART — The Best and the Worst

Filed under: Media, Politics — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 3:23 AM (03:23)

Speaking as a long-time reader of the Alibi and resident of Albuquerque, I find it rather hilarious that Richard Berry wins both the “Best City Politician to Get a Pat on the Back” and the “Best City Politician to Get a Punch in the Nose” awards in the 2017 Best of Burque poll.

(If it matters to anyone, I would have supported him for the latter prize.)

On top of that, Berry’s inane make-work destruction of Central Ave (some call it “ART” for “Albuquerque Rapid Transit”) won both awards for “Best Use of City Money” and “Best Waste of City Money” simultaneously.

How is something a good use of public funds and also a waste of those same funds?

Schizophrenic the body politic is here in Albuquerque, that’s for sure.

What this tells me is that Burquenos want their elephante blanco projects, just so long as those projects aren’t “too” disruptive of the daily ebb and flow, meaning that they aren’t personally inconvenienced by these boondoggles.

What people don’t seem to get too well is that these projects almost always do more harm than good — most of the jobs created by them end when the project is finished (that’s the nature of the construction industry), and the tourism business that they bring in almost always falls short of projections that are hailed as Holy Scripture by the projects’ backers.

So what will happen when the Berry Runner is completed? Which of the businesses currently trying to stay afloat along its route will still be in business when it’s completed?

How many of Burquenos who currently support the Berry Runner will actually ride it after it’s done?

Time will tell, but I’m not optimistic on this one.

Submitted to The Weekly Alibi on Tuesday, 18 April 2017


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Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Completed Survey about “ABQ the Plan”

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 12:24 PM (12:24)

Current mood: cynical

My completed survey from the City of Albuquerque about “ABQ the Plan,” as formulated by Mayor R.J. Berry:

Mayor Richard J. Berry's plan for the future of Albuquerque.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on ABQ the PLAN.

Your opinion will help shape Mayor Berry’s presentation during the 2011 State of the City address to Albuquerque.

Working together, we can make Albuquerque an even better city.

Summary of Response

Should we invest in our future?


Bus Rapid Transit & Route 66 Improvements

Not Important

EXPO New Mexico (State Fairgrounds)

Not Important

Convention Center

Not Important

Civic Plaza

Not Important

4th Street Pedestrian Mall

Not Important

Rail Yards

Not Important

ABQ Culture Trail

Not Important

Balloon Fiesta Sports Park

Not Important

98th Street Sports Park with APS

Not Important

Mesa del Sol Sports Park

Not Important

50-Mile Bike Loop

Not Important

Rio Grande Enhancements

Not Important

Paseo del Norte & I-25 Interchange Improvements

Not Important

Other Project Ideas

Take any money left over from this year’s budget (if any) and either give it back as a tax return or set it aside for next year. Or put it towards repayment of some of the city’s existing bond expenditures.

Get over it – this schtick about "there’s nothing to do" in Albuquerque is bunk. Take a look at the local newspapers – Alibi, Local iQ, the Journal, etc. – and you’ll see plenty of things to do listed.

If you really want to "invest in the future," cut taxes, cut regulations on business, and cut regulations on private property. Let us in the private sector grow the economy by getting government out of the way.


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