Architect Antoine Predock's New Urbanist Community of La Luz: 5 Tennis Court NW--A Pocket Listing

Architect Antoine Predock's New Urbanist Community of La Luz: 5 Tennis Court NW--A Pocket Listing
by Chris Lucas

The La Luz community is special. The architecture is unique & every turn in the neighborhood imparts a different interesting sceneRead More


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


Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Farm

Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Farm
by Chris Lucas

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ABQ Museum Open Air Sculpture Garden

ABQ Museum Open Air Sculpture Garden
by Chris Lucas

Near the Explora! Ideas You Can Touch Science Center & across the street from Tiguex Park, The ABQ Museum's sculpture garden is amazing. You can get lost in the grandeur of the exhibits that act as sentries in front of the main entrance. Inside, the Slate At The Museum Cafe is a sweet place to relax for lunch. These are part of the ABQ Museum, & are not be part of the city arts program One Percent For Art.  Read More


MetroABQ's 21 Historic Landmarks: Roosevelt Park

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

Roosevelt Park  Read More


Pocket Park Along The Santo Domingo Trail -- MetroABQ NW

Pocket Park Along The Santo Domingo Trail -- MetroABQ NW
by Chris Lucas

On my way to a new listing (with a cool 3-D Walking Tour) in the Taylor Ranch neighborhood of Santa Fe Village, I pass a shaded little pocket park. Thirty-year mature shade trees line a 1/10-mile walkway with benches on each side; it meanders over a San Antonio arroyo culvert & connects to the Santo Domingo Bikepath greenspace. The park is a slice of green on the edge of busy Unser Blvd on one side & the limited-access Santa Fe Village pocket neighborhood on the other.   Read More


MetroABQ Newsletter: Los Ranchos de Albuquerque & Downtown SW Vernacular

MetroABQ Newsletter: Los Ranchos de Albuquerque & Downtown SW Vernacular
by Chris Lucas

North Valley Photo Essay: The Los Ranchos Garden Tour
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Two Offerings Unique to the MetroABQ (reprint)

Two Offerings Unique to the MetroABQ (reprint)
by Chris Lucas

Just east of the West Side Cottonwood Mall shopping district, across the Rio Grande, is an amazing jumping off point for the miles of trails & bike paths along the river and beyond. You can go from the stop-and-go streetlight congestion around the Mall area, to the serene Rio Grande Bosque trails within seconds after crossing over the Alameda Bridge.
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