SE Albuquerque neighbors call on city to fix aging roads, sidewalks

People in one of Albuquerque’s oldest neighborhoods say they’re tired of what feels like the city’s failure to fix crumbling roads, old sidewalks and darkened streetlights. 

Wednesday night, a group of Ridgecrest and Parkland Hills-area neighbors gave a representative from the Albuquerque Mayor’s Office an earful about their long-time concerns. 

“There’s nothing being done to maintain our area” one neighbor said. 

“There’s no question, there’s some basics that need to be addressed,” said another neighbor over the area’s infrastructure. 

Nearly 30 neighbors gathered at Ross Park near Truman and Gibson Wednesday evening for the meeting, which was put together by Chris D’Arco. 

“We just want to feel like someone’s paying attention,” said D’Arco. 

An area homeowner, D’Arco, says he feels like the neighborhood has been forgotten, in terms of local improvements to sidewalks, wheelchair ramps, park upgrades, street repairs and more. 

“Nobody’s doing anything about it, and we’re just tired of feeling like we’re almost forced into complacency,” said D’Arco. 

Along several of neighborhood roads like Quincy Drive, layers of asphalt are breaking away from the roadside. Some streets have narrow sidewalks with wheelchair ramps that are partially blocked by utility poles. Along Gibson Boulevard, neighbors say the street lights have been dim for weeks. The neighborhoods also lack a playground for local kids. 

“I think they need to step up, you know we’re paying our taxes,” said Steven Muñoz of the infrastructure. 

Out of Wednesday’s meeting, a representative of Mayor Tim Keller’s office, Aaron Nieto offered help toward some of the issues neighbors outlined. 

“I’ll reach out to my contact in DMD about the lights,” said Nieto, referring to the street light outage on Gibson. 

Neighbors know they won’t get fixes overnight, but they hope their meeting helps puts attention on what they’ve been wanting for years. 

“We just want to have things up to standards that the rest of the city are getting,” said D’Arco. 

As for some of the accessibility issues mentioned by neighbors in the area, they’ll likely have to wait a while to see any improvements. The mayor’s office say the Trumbull Neighborhood near Central and Louisiana will get the next improvements for the district that the Ridgecrest and Parkland Hills neighbors live in. 

Neighbors are also pushing for the city to fast-track a police substation planned for San Mateo and Kathryn, but so far, the city doesn’t have all the money it needs to build it. 

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