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
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
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.
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
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.)
Thanks to lots of volunteers, we now have mapped all of the trees currently growing in the parkways (strips between our sidewalks and our streets). By January we ex- pect to have a plan created show- ing what our neighborhood could look like with beautiful tree-lined streets, thanks to the volunteer effort of David Day, Urban Designer and property owner in our neighborhood. David will present the plan at our February 5 neighbor- hood meeting.
During the spring, our neighborhood
If you are one of the Huning Highlanders who loves to walk and/or bike to local destinations, you may want to go to a free presentation by Jeff Speck, 5:30 pm on Wednesday, August 14, at Hotel Parq. He will talking about how we can create cities where all forms of travel are encouraged. Albuquerque is taking some steps in this direction.
On Saturday August 3, the City of Albuquerque will host Downtown Summerfest. This event will take place on Civic Plaza. The event will run from 5-10:30 p.m. Entertainment on the stage will go until approximately 10:30 p.m. Admission to the event is free.
The City of Albuquerque is making every effort to minimize any impacts to you, the local residents in the downtown area. 3rd Street between Tijeras
The storm hit our portion of the city particularly hard.
The city will pick up any of your branches/storm debris that is left on your curb.
Call 311 and give them your address if you have debris to pick up. The city will pick up either before or during regularly scheduled trash pickup in our area.
Should you need any further help, please call Yvonne at 768-3159.
Our 4th Annual Huning Highland Historic District Block Party is coming up August 18, 2013.
Come eat, drink, dance and meet your neighbors. HHHDA will provide the basics. Be sure to bring your favorite dish and drink to add to the bounty, potluck style. Joni Conrad-Neutra will be painting the kids' faces and acting as hula-hoop master. Tasha Caldwell wil approach local businesses to contribute goods/services to raffle the night of the party. Local musicians Pawn Drive will play two sets throughout the evening.
We are combining 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—$3 single or $5 family. Bonnie Anderson will be on hand to take