ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - It has been a longtime debate about how to best revitalize Albuquerque's downtown area. Some think a Fourth Street Mall makeover could do the trick.
City leaders will be meeting this week to go over the details of that plan.
“Right now, it looks like a pretty desolate, scary place,” said City Councilor Roxanna Meyers.
“I would describe them as… a lot of troublemakers that are hanging out here,” said City Councilor Isaac Benton. “Those kinds of drug dealing, places of fights on Saturday night—makes it an intimidating place.”
Which is why the city says the Fourth Street Mall needs a new look.
Meyers and Benton, on the Alvarado Transportation Center Project Task Force, agree the best thing is probably to open up the area to traffic, continuing Fourth Street up through the current walkway to Civic Plaza.
“Bringing this back to a street or some kind of, either walkway or bikeway, will definitely change what is going on down there,” Meyers said.
“It will create legitimate activity, ie. Traffic—both pedestrian and bike,” Benton said.
And hopefully attract more businesses.
Benton said the city's engineers will present its proposal to the Alvarado Task Force Tuesday morning, at which time, they plan to vote on it.
Even then, it is not a done deal and there is no timeline set for the project yet.
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John Smith with your forecast and Kim Vallez with your afternoon headlines.