Stakeholders say Downtown Albuquerque is headed in the right direction

Courtesy Albuquerque Business First.

By Damon Scott

December 31, 2014

Dozens of business owners, politicians and others with a vested interest in Downtown Albuquerque packed a Mid-Region Council of Governments conference room recently to consider the year that was the city's urban core. The gathering also marked the annual meeting of the Downtown Action Team — the manger of the corridor's Business Improvement District — which installed its new chair, Rosemont Realty'sJoe Farr.

Gary Oppedahl (Albuquerque Economic Development), Ike Benton, (Albuquerque City Councilor), Samantha Sengel (CNM STEMulus Center) and Downtown grocery store developer David Silverman were a few of the speakers who reflected on 2014 and looked ahead to the new year. Outgoing DAT chair Todd Clarke gave attendees real-time voting "clickers" and posed to them a variety of questions regarding Downtown. Here are some of the voting results.

Q: Is Downtown headed in the right direction?

A: About 90 percent said it was; 8 percent said they hadn't noticed any change. Two percent said "no."

Q: How many positive articles featured Downtown in 2014?

A: More than 100. The majority of voters (36 percent) guessed the correct answer.

Q: Do you support improving walkability in the Downtown core and its neighborhoods?

A: About 95 percent of voters said yes; 5 percent said it depended.

Q: On a scale from 1 to 10, how much positive impact do you think Innovate ABQ will have? ("10" denotes "a lot" and "5" is "good.")

A: The majority (33 percent) voted a "10," while 10 percent voted "5."

Q: On a scale of 1 to 10, how much positive impact do you think CNM STEMulus will have?

A: About 47 percent voted a "10," while 10 percent voted a "5."

Q: On a scale of 1 to 10, how much positive impact on economic development do you think Albuquerque Rapid Transit will have?

A: About 51 percent voted "10," while 6 percent voted "5."

Q: Do you think the $25 million investment the city made in the Convention Center will improve retail and restaurant business?

A: About 82 percent said "yes," 15 percent said it "depends" and 3 percent said "no."

Q: Did you know the growers market historical sales record was used to recruit a new grocery store?

A: About 83 percent said "no," while 16 percent said "yes." Two percent didn't know Downtown had a growers market.

Q: On a scale of 1 to 10, how often do you think you might shop at the new grocery store?

A: About 40 percent said "weekly," 28 percent said "every other day" and 22 percent "monthly."

Q: Are you interested in developing a path to making your building a part of the 2030 District efficiencies?

A: About 62 percent voted "yes," while 24 percent wanted more information. Fifteen percent said "no."

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