The Next Fifty--The Historic La Luz Community Celebrates Half A Century!

The Next Fifty--The Historic La Luz Community Celebrates Half A Century!
by Chris Lucas

Nestled along the Rio Grande Bosque on the MetroABQ's westside sits a community that is a living study of New Urbanist theory. For 50 years, the La Luz community has been celebrating "environmentally friendly habits by creating walkable neighborhoods containing a wide range of housing" types. The 96 townhome community is now looking toward the next fifty years of life. Designed in 1968 by renowned architect Antoine Predock (see the Rio Grande Nature Center in the North Valley, the Aperture Center in Mesa del Sol & hundreds of other lifetime projects), the neighborhood, riverside near Montaño & Coors Blvd, threw a party commemorating the last fifty & celebrating the next fifty.  I was lucky to be at the event, in The Meadow gathering space, seen above & the two images far below. Just below is an image facing the other direction, toward a row of residences on Tennis Court NW... Read More


MetroABQ Mural Maps: Searchable Street Art Through MurosABQ & Mural Fest

MetroABQ Mural Maps: Searchable Street Art Through MurosABQ & Mural Fest
by Chris Lucas

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


Winter Views of the Sandia Mountain Range, NM

Winter Views of the Sandia Mountain Range, NM
by Chris Lucas

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.

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RoadRunner Food Bank's Green Initiatives: Rooftop Solar Array

RoadRunner Food Bank's Green Initiatives: Rooftop Solar Array
by Chris Lucas

I love getting up onto rooftops. A vast number of properties in the MetroABQ are single-story, so being up on a roof two stories or more is a treat: we have some incredible skyline/mesa, bosque & Sandia Mountain views from vantage points across the city. For the above image, I found myself on the rooftop of the 133,300sqft Roadrunner Food Bank warehouse, topped by one of the largest commercial rooftop solar arrays in the state. See the drone of it here.
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El Vado Rehabilitation: The Historic Motel Complex Reimagined

El Vado Rehabilitation: The Historic Motel Complex Reimagined
by Chris Lucas

The El Vado Motel has had an eventful 80+ year history so far...Restaurants, shops, the refurbished motel & public gathering/convention spaces are bringing the historic property into the next 80 years... Read More


Wonderful Eleven Years Young Barelas Home: 912 3rd St SW 87102

Wonderful Eleven Years Young Barelas Home: 912 3rd St SW 87102
by Chris Lucas