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Tuesday
Jun302015

Annual Block Party and Elections, August 2, 2015

Not just any block party—It's the 6th Annual Huning Highlands Block Party. Come to Preservation Station on Sunday, August 2, from 5 pm to 8 pm to join your neighbors for food, drink, and live music. This year again showcases the acoustic trio Pawn Drive, a band you have enjoyed for the previous two years. The basics are provided; you only need to bring a favorite dish or snack to share. It's also a good idea to BYOB. The Preservation Station is at the corner of Walter and Coal. Food and drink will be set up inside with eating, drinking, kids' games, mixing and music outside in the garden area. Board member Sam Kochansky is heading up the event

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Tuesday
Jun302015

Building Blocks—Theory Coffee & Beer

by Karla Thornton

Solve Maxwell wanted to move to our neighborhood because he wants to be in good company. He really enjoys and respects the restaurants and cafes who have chosen to be in Huning Highland and thinks his place will complement the existing businesses. The concept of housing coffee and beer together has been happening in other cities and has been successful. He will serve espresso-based beverages and pour over coffee during the day and start serving New Mexico-brewed craft beers in the late afternoon. He has teamed up with the Standard Diner to create an original menu of light fare to be served all day.

The projected opening for Theory Coffee & Beer is Fall 2015. The anticipated business hours are 8:00 to midnight. Solve can be reached at solve@theorycof- feeandbeer.com. Please join me in welcoming Solve and Theory Coffee & Beer to our neighborhood. 

Tuesday
Jun302015

Trees! Worth the wait? You bet!

Big projects take time and require vision and perserverence to stay the course. David Day's vision was sparked in 2010 when he and Fernando Delgado purchased a home in the neighborhood. He noticed that the Huning Highland trees in the parkway strips were in bad shape. David, an Urban Designer at Terra Designs LLC, helped by a gritty group of neighbors, mapped all 48 blocks of the neighborhood, produced a landscape plan, worked with City (Councilor Isaac Benton) and State (Rep. Rick Miera) for funding and landscape contracting, withstood bureaucratic delays, until finally the fruits (trees) of their labor are standing tall in the parkways. More trees are to come when the second phase of funding is released. Below is initial feedback from emails when it all happened. Read all

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Tuesday
Jun302015

A Short Stroll to the Albuquerque Press Club

I like to think of Huning Highland as a walking neighborhood and at this point in time, I’ve established several short routes that I follow when I feel like getting out of the house for 20 minutes or so, or, whenever I want to give guests and visitors an overview of the neighborhood. I live on Iron Ave, which “technically” is the southern edge of the historical district, so sometimes I walk south—and believe me, there are some cute little houses in the South Broadway neighborhood— but more often than not, I head north—cutting down alleys, or strolling along Walter to Central. I don’t know why, but Central seems to be the dividing line for me, even though I happen to like the houses along Copper, and I frequently use the library on Edith between Central and Copper. It’s one of the neighborhood’s

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Tuesday
Jun302015

Lead and Coal: The One-Way Speed-Ways

For decades, we have debated the merits of drivers' rights versus the rights of residents, pedestrians, and cyclists along Lead and Coal. So far, we have largely prioritized motorists' rights. High speeds are dangerous. They also dampen enjoyment of the streets and properties along the road, particularly during peak traffic hours. Vehicles regularly exceed 40 mph along our stretch.

However, I am confident that there are ways to balance theses two priorities. Recently, the city temporarily placed a rada

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Tuesday
Jun302015

Albuquerque Rapid Transit: An Update

As a matter of disclosure, I will begin by saying that I voted for a modern streetcar as a member of the 2008 Transportation Task Force. In creating a thriving urban core, having an attractive, quiet, modern conveyance on Central (a “pedestrian accelerator” in the parlance) is key. One can only imagine what an impact such
a project might have had on our stalling economy in terms of attracting investment and employers. (If you’re curious about those impacts, look into the streetcar that was built in Tucson.)

But that train has left the station. Mayor Berry campaigned against the streetcar and happily reported its demise when he came into office. Instead, Mayor Berry has pushed a different transit tool: Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). BRT is a bus line that runs in a dedicated

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Tuesday
Jun302015

Dog Poop Epidemic

by Kathy Grassel, who picks up her dog's poop

A rising chorus can be heard throughout Huning Highlands as more and more residents are fed up having to pick up the poop of other people's dogs. These are not feral dogs, roaming the streets. These dogs have owners, and these owners are looking the other way while Fido and Fluffy do their business. One fed-up couple printed and posted a sign (left) imploring dog owners to pick up the poop that they, and others, have to pick up in order to keep our neighborhood and shoe bottoms clean, odor-free, and poop-free. Do the right thing, dog people. Use those plastic bags you have crammed in your drawers. You'll be glad you did! 

Tuesday
Jun302015

Inside the Mother's Day Home Tour

THANKS to the owners and proprieters of the eight homes and businesses who graciously opened their doors for the Mother’s Day Home Tour on May 10. Below is a taste of three of these homes.

Ann Carson's home: Room after room of history, antiques, period pieces... and Ann herself--preservationist extraordinaire—who guided visitors through every detail. The latest: kitchen flooring special ordered from Pennsylvania. Daughter Cindy amplified the enthusiasm. 

David Donaldson's home: A veritable museum of modern and global art from around the world. His garden landscape design was also on display and awe-producing. 

Salley Trefethen's contemporary kitchen: Thoroughly postmodern renovations worthy of "Dwell" magazine attention. The Zen garden had an immediate calming effect on visitors, as did Salley's greeters: her charming twin granddaughters.

Friday
Jun052015

Neighbor Thanks Ike Benton for Trees 

 

Hello Councilor Benton,

I thought I would send you a thank you note and photograph to show you how successful the historic neighborhood street tree program is. These are the two new honey locust trees planted in my landscape strip, and I'm sure they will soon grow to match their sister tree that is inside the yard.

This effort will have a lasting impact on my neighborhood and the city as a whole. In the past few years, one neighbor lost two mature trees to the drought and just last week an absentee landlord next door to me made the sad choice to "top" their elm tree, instead of pruning it. I wish we could make butchering and cutting down healthy trees a crime!

Thank you, again, for investing in street trees on Lead and Coal and in the neighborhood.  

Carrie Barkhurst

 

Monday
May252015

Walter gets New Trees, More Coming for Elm and High

from David Day

Take a look at how the re-treeing effort is going so far. Trees have been planted on Walter. More trees, for High and Elm, will be coming soon. Also, the contractor will be planting them deeper with a more rectangular basin and placing wood mulch on top and going back to correct these earlier plantings.

Work will continue through June as we have another $25,000 coming in from the state.