Moronic Officials Destroy Historic Landmarks

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This mural is on the south wall of the condemned building on 2nd Street and Central Avenue (Old Route 66). It’s the same building that has the Route 66 mural on its north wall that I posted on January 19th. The depiction of the torn newspaper bearing the headline: Moronic Officials Destroy Historic Landmarks refers to the Historic Alvarado Hotel that stood along the railroad tracks from 1909 to 1970 when it was demolished. The site sat vacant, used as a parking lot, until 2002 when the first phase of the Albuquerque Alvarado Transportation Center was completed in the style of the Alvarado Hotel. A second phase was completed in 2006. While many historic buildings in downtown Albuquerque where torn down during the urban renewal craze of the 1960’s, it was the Santa Fe Railroad who demolished the Alvarado Hotel in 1970.

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The south end of the Albuquerque Alvarado Transportation Center as it looks today.

18 thoughts on “Moronic Officials Destroy Historic Landmarks

  1. Moronic decisions are made everywhere. Here, in COS, the first Catholic Church in the region, along with some the very first homes, were tore down for a park that is largely empty most of the time. Not even the homeless use the park. And, now they want to resurrect a downtown stadium and ice arena complex idea that was turned down twice by voters. Forget the Triple-A baseball team is moving to SA and they would need to do a major street realignment to fit in the complex … and find business for two major hotels that would fill out the complex.

    Bright ideas are a constant here.

    • Several years ago, one former mayor wanted to put a new ball park downtown behind our office. That would have been a major boondoggle. Fortunately, some smarter people suggested renovating the stadium we already have.

      A current boondoggle by the last Mayor was to use industrial revenue bonds (no voter approval needed) to build a rapid transit for electric buses on Central Avenue, which most everyone in the city was against.

      Many small business went under during the construction, and they really messed up traffic flow on Central Avenue between Downtown and Nob Hill, so most everyone avoids the area, which makes it harder on struggling businesses.

      It will be another 2 years before electric busses will run on their dedicated lanes, because the fleet the city purchased couldn’t pass inspections, so the current mayor send them all back. So now there’s a dedicated lane on Central Avenue no one is supposed to drive in. Anyone caught driving in it, or making a left turn across it, or driving straight across it at an intersection without a traffic light gets a $500 traffic citation.

      • Then, there was a time COS wanted to realign a major interchange on I-25 into the downtown. To make it work, they needed to demolish St. Mary’s Cathedral. The Catholic diocese flat out rejected the idea of selling the church and attendant property to improve traffic flow. Besides, the church itself is on the National Historic Register. Not to let a bad idea slip away, COS tried to enlist the state in exercising eminent domain to seize the church building. The state decided to exercise good judgment to the nix the plan.

        Speaking of electric buses, COS had removed its last electric trolley in the mid 1960s. A few years ago, someone had mentioned about upgrading the bus system to electric trolley. Currently, the buses use compressed natural gas. A study was done and it was determined to stick with the current system. It was determined reinstalling the tracks and overhead electric lines would cost too much.

      • In the late 1800s into the early 1900s, Albuquerque had a horse drawn trolly system that ran from Old Town up to the University. There has been talk about bringing back the trolly, which would at least be quaint compared to electric busses that don’t work.

  2. That’s so Toronto, to do that. We do have now designated historic buildings that may not be turned into condos.
    An entire block of these buildings, located in a most desirable area of Toronto, burned down one night. Condo construction began almost immediately. It’s the ugliest thing, and is totally out of step with the buildings that are still on the historic street.

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