Santa Fe’s adopt-a-median program overrun with upkeep problems

New Mexico

The City of Santa Fe is calling out groups that adopt medians after a lot of those medians have fallen into a state of neglect.

They’re hard to miss in Santa Fe. In fact, the city has more than 400 medians. Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber said over the years, those center medians have been ignored, making a majority of them look overgrown and trashy.

“It really doesn’t reflect well on the city,” said Mayor Webber.

To help with the upkeep, the city offers an adopt-a-median program for organizations and businesses to claim responsibility for a median in exchange for advertisement. Unfortunately, most of the adopted medians look abandoned.

Some of these medians have been neglected so badly, you can’t even see there’s an adopt-a-median sign because it’s covered in weeds, like the one off West Alameda and Sandoval. Sadly, the median is adopted by a landscape design company.

“Not everybody performs,” said Mayor Webber. “They sign a contract, some let it go.”

Now, the mayor’s office said along with trying to play catchup with the medians the city crews oversee, they’re also reassessing their adopt-a-median program and encouraging groups that are part of the program to carry out their end of the bargain.

People strolling around town just want someone to clean everything up.

“But I appreciated this [median] and I think that one is certainly not [cared] for,” said tourist Umut Kurut.

“If someone adopted it, it’s their responsibility,” said tourist Emmanuel Mobacka. “You said you would take care of it and it’s expected to be taken care of.”

Santa Fe has 54 contracts through the adopt-a-median program. The city is reviewing the contracts for the groups neglecting their medians, asking them to clean up or drop out of the program.

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