Mural Fest '18: Two Out-of-the-Way Murals

Mural Fest '18: Two Out-of-the-Way Murals
by Chris Lucas

The busy I-25 commercial corridor north of Candelaria Rd along the frontage road is a busy thoroughfare. where you will find the mural above, recently installed for Mural Fest '18. It covers the length of a formerly blank concrete block wall outside the Positive Energy Solar headquarters. It was still being completed when I stopped by, apparently they were away having lunch. It's a pretty cacophonous piece, flanked on each side by what looks like a heartbeat.  Read More


Mural Fest '18: Huning Highlands/EDo (East Downtown)

Mural Fest '18: Huning Highlands/EDo (East Downtown)
by Chris Lucas

Mural Fest 2018 is an annual Public Art festival featuring new murals found across the city, mostly in the UrbanABQ east & west neighborhoods. The freshly-painted murals can subtly engulf small doorways--see the Guild Cinema image--or boldly span the length of an entire block. I found most of them while the festival ran over the two weeks this fall. Luckily many of the outdoor exhibits will remain for a while; however, some may be gone soon. See them before the wall owners or the elements change them forever. The artist for each piece was not always readily known, so a full list of the artists is found here...
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Beyond the MetroABQ: The Rawlins in Las Vegas, New Mexico

Beyond the MetroABQ: The Rawlins in Las Vegas, New Mexico
by Chris Lucas

Las Vegas, New Mexico, is a gem of a town, tucked discreetly in the eastern edge of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, in northern New Mexico. When word of the revival of one of two Fred Harvey Houses in the city (the Plaza is the 2nd) go out, that area, called Old Town, began getting some much needed attention. San Miguel County Assistant District Attorney Tom Clayton is now restoring the nearby Rawlings Building, which once served as a dorm for the Harvey Girls who worked at La Castañeda in its heyday. Read More


Mural Fest '18: Map & Info

Mural Fest '18: Map & Info
by Chris Lucas

My favorite Mural Fest '18 mural, above. Read More


Balloon Fiesta Invades Old Town

Balloon Fiesta Invades Old Town
by Chris Lucas

The owner of 620 16th St NW took this photo the first weekend of the ABQ International Balloon Fiesta, in front of her house. The two streets of 16th & 17th have numerous Leon Watson Adobe homes, mostly built toward the middle/end of the 1940's. 16th St north of Lomas Blvd is not super wide for a landing & balloon take-down, but worked here for a touch-down & take-off. There are numerous parks in the area with open spaces perfect for landing a balloon--Tiguex Park is very close & it is pretty amazing... Read More


Top MetroABQ Millennial Destination: Parkland Hills 87108

Top MetroABQ Millennial Destination: Parkland Hills 87108
by Chris Lucas

This info below is re-printed from an article by KRQE. I am always interested in where & why folks are moving to certain areas of the MetroABQ. Parkland Hills is a great place to move to: numerous pocket greenspaces & established parks, close to all the shopping & restaurants found in Nob Hill; the neighborhood is bounded by San Mateo & Carlisle Blvds on the east & west, & is very centrally located in the city. The housing stock is varied, from large 3000-5000sqft homes, to smaller two-bedroom one bath opportunity residences. The main image above is a Mid-Century Modern home listed in Parkland Hills that is for sale for $575,000. You can see the 3-D Walking Tour here: 600 Montclaire SE. Scroll down to the address... Read More


Fab NE Heights Home: 3180 La Ronda Place NE

Fab NE Heights Home: 3180 La Ronda Place NE
by Chris Lucas

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Nob Hill Neighborhoods Newsletter -- Fall '18

Nob Hill Neighborhoods Newsletter -- Fall '18
by Chris Lucas

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MetroABQ Public Art: Uptown Metal Creatures at American Square

MetroABQ Public Art: Uptown Metal Creatures at American Square
by Chris Lucas

On the fast urban arterial of Menaul Blvd connecting Downtown with Uptown, & just east of the on-ramp bridges to The Big-I, there is a large shopping center with several parking acres in front, called American Square. In the middle of the square are creatures made of steel. They are worth a stop... Read More


MetroABQ's 21 Historic Landmarks: Roosevelt Park

MetroABQ's 21 Historic Landmarks: Roosevelt Park
by Chris Lucas

Roosevelt Park  Read More