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Monday
Jul282014

It’s Time for the Block Party! Sunday August 17, 2014 5-8pm

The 5th annual Huning Highland Historic District block party will be held Sunday, August 17th from 5pm to 8pm at the Preservation Station community garden at the corner of Walter and Coal. Come eat, drink, dance and meet your neighbors.
The neighborhood association will provide plenty of grub from the grill. Be sure to bring your favorite dish and drink to add the bounty, potluck style. Local musicians Pawn Drive will play two sets throughout the evening. Check them out online at pawndrive.com.

It’s good to know your neighbors! Come to meet the Huning Highland volunteers who work to keep our neighborhood and community garden lush and vibrant.

We combine the block party with our annual elections for the coming year’s Board, so if you are interested this is the perfect time to become a member or renew your membership. Annual dues are a bargain: $3/single or $5/family is all it takes to become a voting member.

Board President Bonnie Anderson will be on hand to take your money, hand you your ballot, and explain the benefits of membership.

Save the date. We’ll see you there!

 

Monday
Jul282014

Elections Update

Huning Highland Historic District Association will hold its annual election for board members on August 17, 2014 during the annual block party. Board members agree to serve for a two-year term and this year the following volunteers have agreed to serve for the upcoming term:

  • Bonnie Anderson
  • Joe Boyd 
  • Moises Gonzalez
  • Steve Grant
  • Jackie Smee
  • Lee Spittler

These Board members, if elected, will join those in their second term: Ann Carson, Kathy Grassel, Elaine McGivern, Greg and Joni Neutra

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Monday
Jul282014

Jeff Speck Presents Study on Walkability and Connectivity for Downtown

Jeff Speck will present his completed study and recommendations to the public on Thursday, July 31 at 6:00 pm at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
This project focuses on walkability and connectivity in downtown, with special attention to the area surrounding the Convention Center and Innovate ABQ site as well as the railroad track at Central Avenue.
Professional consultant Jeff Speck was commissioned to complete a study for the City. During his March 2014 visit, he met with stakeholders from the City, MRCOG, and the downtown community such as property and business owners and residents.

 

Monday
Jul282014

Historic Home Rescued at 222 High St SE

The City planned to demolish the historic home at 222 High Street SE (diagonally across from the old fire station) this summer because it was a public safety issue. Some neighbors with excellent detective skills produced a signed purchase agreement that stopped the City’s demolition. This agreement was the end result of a pursuit of the owner that took them to multiple addresses and included a conversation with the owner’s mother who helped persuade the owner to allow someone else to renovate the property.

The new owners plan to restore the property and hope to have the exterior completed, along with new windows and a picket fence, by the end of October. Congratulations to everyone who helped save this property from destruction. We look forward to seeing this corner of Silver and High Street restored to its former beauty.

Monday
Jul282014

Annual Report from Huning Highlands Board, July 2014

Since our last annual meeting/block party on August 18, 2013, the Board has worked on the following major activities:

• Ongoing input to the government (city, county, etc.) regarding the impact of various development projects on the neighborhood ( Pop ‘n’ Taco site; Complete Streets; Project Innovate; Bus Rapid Transit); no expenses were charged for this activity since all of the participation was volunteered

• The HHHDA newsletter was created and distributed to the neighborhood in November 2013, April 2014, and July 2014; cost was $370. Advertising revenues were $200

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Friday
Nov082013

People-Friendly Streets—Why We Can't Wait

When I first started thinking about writing this piece, I thought I would write about the changes I’ve seen (and not seen) in the ten years since I moved to Huning Highland. The incredible promise I saw in the EDO Master Plan, the charrettes showing Gold and Central revitalized and buzzing with activity that didn’t include inebriation, and a streetcar stitching the whole together (maybe even with a spur heading out to the airport). A modern, bustling city center. My message was going to be a positive one despite the setbacks. We can make the vision happen (with whatever adjustments) if we just keep putting one foot in front of the other, literally. Walkability and bikeability have to be manifested in action. But that’s where the direction of this piece changed. That’s when Dr. King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” and the book it spawned Why We Can’t Wait popped into my mind. The book explains why the Negro of 1963

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Friday
Nov082013

Here's the Dirt Nov 2013

The 2013 growing season saw a harvest of beans, tomatoes, carrots, onions, garlic, greens, eggplant, peppers, a few cucumbers, plums and cherries, and lots of flowers and herbs. Fifteen families joined in the work of planting, weeding, and replacing broken hoses and shade support poles. We met on Saturday mornings for an hour or two and always saved a little time for chatting.

Many of the gardeners were also part of the group that tended the chickens. Our chickens are now in their third year, and like most chi

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Friday
Nov082013

Simple Things to Make The Neighborhood Look Good

by Ann Carson

Unkept yards are a problem in our neighborhood. Now that we're out of the growing season and the weather has cooled off, it's a great time to pull weeds and litter. If your neighbor can't do their own weeding, it's a good old-fashion gesture to help them out with an extra little help on their behalf.

Trash receptacles left in the front yard leave the the neighborhood looking depressed, uncared-for. Putting them in the back or side yard is a small step toward sending a more upbeat message.

If weeds are too big of a nuisance in your part of the 'hood,  call the city's 311 line to report weeds, litter, and graffiti. The City will find the owner and issue a citation.

Friday
Nov082013

Why Would Anyone Want to Live Here?

Seriously. If you really stop to think about it, this neighborhood is a mixed bag. It’s got crime, homeless folks, houses in rough shape next to really nice houses. And don’t forget the projects. You don’t just buy a house here, you buy projects with hefty price tags.

Truth is, living here is not a ra-tional decision. But I live here anyway. Why is that? Here’s my ‘why.’

For the first time in my life, newly

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Friday
Nov082013

Raccoon, go home!

by Kathy Grassel

We’ve heard about a few raccoon invasions in the last couple years, so the neighborhood has purchased a catch-and-release trap for your use if you’ve sighted a raccoon or other unwanted varmint (skunk, big squirrel) in your yard or un- der your porch. The trap is baited to tempt the animal in. If/when it steps on the trap pan, the spring- loaded door snaps shut and the ani- mal is humanely caught. Note: It is very important to transfer and re- lease the animal to the appropriate habitat. Call Kathy @ 715-9796 if you’d like to borrow the trap. (The trap is not for cats or dogs.)