ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The city of Albuquerque is looking for public input as it sets its goals for the future through its Goal Forum, which it hosts every four years. There will be a series of forums in the coming weeks to gather recommendations that will be passed to the city council by the Indicators Progress Commission.
“We all know Albuquerque has our challenges. And everyone at city hall is tackling those every single day. But, this is an opportunity for our residents to take a step back and think about what kind of Albuquerque do we want to see for our kids,” said Justine Freeman, Chief Impact Officer for The City of Albuquerque.
Through an online forum and three separate meetings, people can rank the city’s eight goals and share their vision for Albuquerque.
“If we accomplished public safety in Albuquerque, what would that look like for individual residents,” said Freeman. “It would mean that I would feel safe in my neighborhood in the day time and in the night time, and it would mean I feel safe taking my son to school.”
When it comes to the most pressing issues facing Albuquerque, the top responses from community members are hardly a surprise.
“One issue we need to focus on primarily in Albuquerque is our issue of helping the homeless,” said Syd Freland, who lives in Albuquerque.
“The biggest problem I see after living here my whole life is the disintegration of public safety here is just awful,” said Rex Wilson, who lives in Albuquerque.
With the city already pouring resources into pressing issues, they hope this will only help improve the quality of life in Albuquerque.
“As Albuquerque residents, we’re very all frustrated in feeling the challenges of the city with crime and homelessness. And I think this is just a really great opportunity to take a step back and think about what do we want our city to look like? Instead of just um, complaining and feeling beaten down by the hardships, what are good things about Albuquerque that we want to champion and what can we do to create an Albuquerque for our kids that we can be proud of,” said Freeman.
The first public forum is September 22 at the Central Unser Library at 6 p.m. Another will be held October 1 at the International District Library at 10:30 a.m. and a Zoom meeting will be held on October 4. Digital comments will also be taken until October 7.