The MetroABQ's Downtown Art & Architecture Junction Map:
Sitting smack dab in the middle of the most populous area of New Mexico, the burgeoning metropolis of Albuquerque, the often sedate Village of Corrales
still strives to retain it's rural character. The image above & below are examples of that tradition--this acequia is the Main Corrales Canal,
which runs the length of the town along Loma Larga Road, & provides water via dozens of turnouts serving the many private farms. Acequias are community-operated
canals that carry water from the river to the fields.Originally used in Spain, the idea migrated to the modern-day Southwest, & Northern NM specifically,
around 400 years ago. Above is a padlocked gate-lock, opened only by the acequia Mayordomo; the canal was already running in mid-March, ready to irrigate
the Corrales farmlands. For a more complex article about the small Village of Corrales, click here.
Another reason to love the MetroABQ is the random views you experience, when you're doing something else. Showing a newer home last weekend in northern
Placitas, the winter Sandia Mountain view was impressive--the recent dusting of snow looked like confectionary, above. In Placitas, homes often
sit on one-acre + lots, & often atop their own hill, overlooking the arroyos below. The distance is deceiving: between the mountains &
myself are dozens of hills & arroyos, which often make travel there a bit slow-going. as you must drive around the hills, not through them.
The MetroABQ has a great supply of art & artists. They can be found in the galleries, of course, often regulated during monthly ARTScrawl & First Friday art events. However, some of the best art can be found outside, as geometric fractals created by school-age children, & especially large-scale building-length mural projects, which have proliferated beautifully in our city lately, like this one on the edge of Uptown. Read More