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"I'm floored--so many Abq dissenters in one place"


I'm floored--so many Abq dissenters in one place - 8/26/2011
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Fred
San Diego, CA

What a fascinating collection of malcontents all in one place--that there is such hatred for an eminently liveable and friendly city is truly extraordinary. I'm sure the sample size here is small and it is purely accidental that so many were so unhappy with what is an incredibly friendly and diverse city. There's clearly some ethno prejudice going on here--you folks clearly need to be in some midwest white-bread, conservative city or town to be happy. The Albuquerque I know is friendly, laid back, and pretty industrious all at the same time. Employers like Intel and Sandia Base among many other excellent employers wouldn't be there if Albuquerque was the place you describe. Albuquerque is a medium-sized city of over a half million--that many people can't be choosing to live there if they are unhappy with the place as most of you seem to be. I would hope any fair-minded reader here would seek out other sources before deciding whether to live or visit the charming "Duke City." But for you malcontents, I feel sorry for you--you're blind to a terrific place to live and work.

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Ricky
Collierville, TN

ABQs poverty rate is NOT 54%, it was 15% in 2011 w - 10/19/2014

There's this new fangled contraption called the internet, where you can (and should) look up actual facts before posting inuendo and false assumptions.

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natalie
Albuquerque, NM

Re: ABQ has its pros/cons - 10/4/2014

To those who live in Albuq, never left, maybe you should broaden your horizons. Born, raised, spending much of my adult life here, ABQ has some advantages other cities lack. Live in Denver it's an hour commute to anywhere, congestion, high cost of living, crime. Even Colorado Springs has a high crime rate. Go to the midwest, you suffer insurmountable cold in winter, high humidity in summer- same goes for East. California is almost bankrupt, congestion everywhere. Live in the Jemez, it's 45 minutes to any shopping, conveniences.Live in the East mountains, 20-30 minutes to E. Albuq. Lived in other NM cities...Los Alamos, Chimayo`, Portales. Tried living in Colo a few times, always returning to Albuq area. It's what you make of it....I find people friendly in Albuq. If you are not involved with the city, you cannot complain. Well, evidently you can. Move if you don't like it! Crime is high- yet look at other metropolitan areas. Even small towns have crimes, murders, burglaries.No city is immune to social problems. Unfortunately, NM has ranked at the bottom of every positive ranking (education, health), top 10 for drug use, teen pregnancy. Even though Colo.is ranked 4th (now) in jobs....it's primarily the Denver area. Surrounding cities, southern Colorado it's still depressed economically. And not to mention taxes. Gas is about $.40 higher per gallon. El Paso, Denver, Phoenix are close for any major concert venues, the last two for pro sports. I can remember when FEW bands/artists would tour ABQ area and if they did, it was mid week. With Islets and Sandia outdoor concert venues, it's brought in both 1-hit-wonders and current recording acts. Yes, rent/mortgages are higher in Albuq, but it's whatever the market demands. We do have a light rail- nothing like Denver, Los Angeles, Portland other areas, but it's an alternative. We do have a metro transit system that is decent. Not great, but we do have bus service. Maybe you'll gain a bit more appreciation after experiencing other places to live.

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Pris
Albuquerque, NM

A LIVING NIGHTMARE - 10/2/2014

Do not move to Albuquerque New Mexico it is a tragic mistake there is literally nothing here for miles and miles don't make the same mistake I did. You can only do so much hiking and cycling. I disagree with ppl that say the weather is great, during Winter everything is brown and dead even the houses are all brown, Spring time major wind and sand storms everywhere, summer is so dry and hot you cannot garden because nothing grows here a big waste of time and money, there are no beautiful birds here, and Fall maybe the only season that is pretty because of Fall colors and that's it...I am so depressed here..It is true so much drugs, drunks and prostitution its not funny. Please, Please do your research before making a big decision you will regret.

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S
Albuquerque, NM

Do not move here - 9/2/2014

There are so many problems here - it's depressing. Poverty: something like 54% of the population is on welfare. Economically, no major corporations or jobs here. Other than the military money coming into the state, it's just call center, fast food type jobs. If you have blond hair and blue eyes you are discriminated against, people will be mean or cold towards you. Crime is out of control. Robbery and burglary is rampant . Everyone hates the police but they're half crazy too. The schools have no money and children here have major issues at home with drug addicted parents or worse. People are aggressive and nasty here. Politicians are frequently in the news stealing money, lying and cheating what few citizens here actually PAY income taxes. If you like gardens or plants, forget it. Nothing grows here. Central avenue ( Rt. 66 ) is full of drunks, drug addicts and hookers. I am constantly approached by creepy, scary people for money. There is nothing to do here. It's boring and depressing. One has to drive for hours and hours to get out of this state. Airline tickets are always more expensive flying out of here and even Southwest Airlines is limiting their flights as of October. Other airlines, like Frontier have packed up and left entirely. I hate it here. I am praying every day that I can leave ASAP.

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denise
Prescott, AZ

Lousy drivers and up friendliest city I have ever - 8/27/2014

I have lived here three years, and I cannot, in good conscience, recommend this city to anyone. Drivers here consider traffic signals mere suggestions, and it is not at all unusual to see people completely ignore stop signs and red lights. Drunk driving is rampant. Our first week here, four people were killed in drunk driving accidents. And yet, Gov. Martinez would have the roads be even unsafer by refusing to allow illegal immigrants to get drivers licenses, showing utter disregard for the safety of those of us who are legal residents. Then, there is the low pay and high cost of rentals and housing. And let's not forget the high crime rate. Further, people here are quite unfriendly. Unfriendlier and less inclusive than any place I have ever lived. In fact, I'd say if you weren't born here, haven't lived here for decades or didn't go to UNM, your chances of making friends is quite minimal. The older neighborhoods like Ridgecrest, Huning Castle and Nob Hill are lovely. Otherwise, the city is quite unattractive.

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Christina
Albuquerque, NM

Albuquerque, NM - 8/3/2014

I have lived in Albuquerque most of my life and it is absolutely terrible. Crime is ridiculously high. In general people are friendly but they are also very lazy, uneducated and ignorant. The way most people treat their dogs here should be criminal (and probably is in other states.) Most people here have two or three dogs and like to keep them chained or fenced up 24-7. As a result the dogs have a lot of anxiety and freak out over every little noise. The education system here is a joke. A LOT of wannabe gangsters. The cost of living is relatively low, but there is still a ton of poverty. It is horribly hot and humid during the summer, and the winters are mild. The seasons are nice. I personally love chile but I find it annoying how obsessed with it people are here. There is little to do besides the zoo and bars. Most people stay home and party in their houses. The majority of people here drink a LOT and meth is a problem. They do have really good programs for women here. Sadly, I have found Albuquerque to be the best city to live in this state. New Mexico as a whole is just awful. Overall, I hate this city and state and it is one of my dearest ambitions to move my family out of here and give my daughter a better life in a better city.

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A
Albuquerque, NM

Health and Welfare - 8/3/2014

Albuquerque is a quirky city that is contradictory in many ways. For instance, the scenery is nice with the mountains to the east, and this makes for a relaxing setting from one's patio. But the spring weather can be hostile caused by wind blowing the dust. The folks who've lived here all of their lives say there are four seasons: 1) summer, 2) fall, 3) winter, and 4) wind. Crime and drunk drivers are habitual concerns, with speeders being rampant regardless of the time of day or where you may be around town. Driving at or very near (3-5 mph) the speed limit will tend to annoy the bulk of folks who always seem to be running late and needing to make up some time. Warning--count to 2 before pulling into an intersection after the light turns green because there's a 50/50 chance someone will run the light. It really seems as if the speed limit signs are more realistically "suggested" speeds around here. Property crimes occur all around town with the SE/SW section having the most violent instances. An alarm system and even a home surveillance system is a wise option. Also, sturdy security doors that are in sync with your home's exterior appearance are a good, cost-effective security choice too. There are a number of more upscale restaurants around town, so check with the locals for their insightful reviews unless you're naturally adventurous when it comes to food and dining out. Evening entertainment tends to be predominately bar or tavern-based, but Old Town sometimes offers some good performers of all kinds for the right price--free. There are some performing theater options, but the locations for these can get a bit dicey depending upon the time of the event. Being in some of these places after dark is ideally done with a group of friends rather than alone. Health care is generally good, but availability to primary care doctors is becoming a bit problematic due to retirements and cutbacks of acceptance of new patients. There are, however, numerous medical facilities around town, so convenience is a plus. Outdoor activities are plentiful such as hiking and biking. The Bosque path (fully paved) is ideal for cyclists, runners and walkers, and there's 0 vehicular traffic for the approximate 16 mile stretch. Numerous exits are offered, so you aren't stuck on there if you get the urge for a cup of coffee or want to try an alternate route. Before moving to ABQ have a clear understanding about what you're interested in finding. After relocating here several years ago I've come to understand that it's all about discovery. Ideally, spend a few days or even a few weeks in the area before making the leap. You'll have a much better understanding about the overall setting with less chance for regret later. And by all means, talk with the locals, they'll be candid and forthright when it comes to telling it like it is regardless of your question or concern.

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A
Albuquerque, NM

Health and Welfare - 8/3/2014

Albuquerque is a quirky city that is contradictory in many ways. For instance, the scenery is nice with the mountains to the east, and this makes for a relaxing setting from one's patio. But the spring weather can be hostile caused by wind blowing the dust. The folks who've lived here all of their lives say there are four seasons: 1) summer, 2) fall, 3) winter, and 4) wind. Crime and drunk drivers are habitual concerns, with speeders being rampant regardless of the time of day or where you may be around town. Driving at or very near (3-5 mph) the speed limit will tend to annoy the bulk of folks who always seem to be running late and needing to make up some time. Warning--count to 2 before pulling into an intersection after the light turns green because there's a 50/50 chance someone will run the light. It really seems as if the speed limit signs are more realistically "suggested" speeds around here. Property crimes occur all around town with the SE/SW section having the most violent instances. An alarm system and even a home surveillance system is a wise option. Also, sturdy security doors that are in sync with your home's exterior appearance are a good, cost-effective security choice too. There are a number of more upscale restaurants around town, so check with the locals for their insightful reviews unless you're naturally adventurous when it comes to food and dining out. Evening entertainment tends to be predominately bar or tavern-based, but Old Town sometimes offers some good performers of all kinds for the right price--free. There are some performing theater options, but the locations for these can get a bit dicey depending upon the time of the event. Being in some of these places after dark is ideally done with a group of friends rather than alone. Health care is generally good, but availability to primary care doctors is becoming a bit problematic due to retirements and cutbacks of acceptance of new patients. There are, however, numerous medical facilities around town, so convenience is a plus. Outdoor activities are plentiful such as hiking and biking. The Bosque path (fully paved) is ideal for cyclists, runners and walkers, and there's 0 vehicular traffic for the approximate 16 mile stretch. Numerous exits are offered, so you aren't stuck on there if you get the urge for a cup of coffee or want to try an alternate route. Before moving to ABQ have a clear understanding about what you're interested in finding. After relocating here several years ago I've come to understand that it's all about discovery. Ideally, spend a few days or even a few weeks in the area before making the leap. You'll have a much better understanding about the overall setting with less chance for regret later. And by all means, talk with the locals, they'll be candid and forthright when it comes to telling it like it is regardless of your question or concern.

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scott
Albuquerque, NM

Albuquerque is terrible !! - 7/26/2014

Stay away from this place, its terrible. If you are a liberal taker that wears birkenstocks you might fit in. Totally ugly women - not one knows how to wear makeup. No jobs, just a bunch of losers hanging on. Schools are terrible. Not one good thing to say about this crap hole !!!

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Dew
Houston, TX

Objective Views - 7/14/2014

The Pro's: Nice mountains, scenery, I personally thought there were a lot of friendly people there. A lot of nice weather. Winters aren't bad. Summers are hot, but not like Phoenix or Las Vegas. UNM is a nice university. There is a lot of entrepreneurial spirit (but see below). Intel is there as is the university and an F.A.A. air-traffic center. The Cons: It's a city that has seen better days and is behind the times. The neighborhoods are crumbling. Even the famous "Northeast Heights" have gone downhill. So many of the homes are crappy, unaesthetic little doll-houses built after WWII and are now in poor repair. It's a transient city like Vegas and Phoenix. The pay is awful. They think it's preposterous if you want more than $15/hr. Even people with degrees are poorly paid. There is an oversupply of unskilled labor so it keeps the pay down. Poverty is rampant. Lots of welfare and illegitimacy. The educational level is low. Some neighborhoods look positively third world. There is an old boys network here. They call it the "patrone system". You need connections with the old boys (and not just white boys)for a decent job. As it's been explained to me: There's a poverty mentality that prevails. There is a ton of crime. Drugs are RAMPANT!!! Vato/Cholo gangs are prevalent. That being said there is some unbelievable white trash, the likes of which I didn't even encounter in Phoenix. The crime is mostly property crime. There are murders and robberies but larceny, burglary and vandalism are the leaders. Lock your cars and homes! It's best to live in Rio Rancho or Taylor Ranch. There's actually some nice houses there. I would rather be here than Phoenix, but that ain't saying much.

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Bryan
Albuquerque, NM

An honest review - 6/18/2014

I will try to give the most honest, semi-educated review here - very much unlike the others. I live in the middle of Albuquerque near UNM and downtown. My car has been left unlocked for the past six months with no problems (not recommended of course). Albuquerque is one of the poorest major cities I can think of, and there is an average amount of crime though it is almost always non-violent. The city is old and not "beautiful" like you might be used to in newer, wealthier cities or suburbs. Bars on windows - absolutely. There are plenty of gangs and such like most cities, and these are most prevalent in the southeastern part of the city and southern farming communities. Being from the St. Louis area, I was surprised to see people calling this portion of the city a "ghetto," since bikers ride through it regularly with no problems. Racial and cultural diversity is phenomenal, some of the best of any US city. Racism is much less of a problem than any other major city I've been in other than Seattle. Socially, the city is extremely accepting, and I've not experienced any cliqu-yness whatsoever. This city is so laid back that it's hard to imagine such a thing. There are ~400 miles of bike roads/trails throughout the city, and within 45 minutes you can be at 10,678ft overlooking the road grid at a temperature 20 degrees below that in the city. If you get away from buildings, you can easily see 60 or more miles to distant mountains. A two-hour drive will get you to the most scenic-natural places of any other major city outside of perhaps the Northwest. But culturally, this will not be your type of city if you cannot accept that there is no majority. The climate index is similar of that in coastal California (check it out!), though I do miss rain! I have heard that many public schools are subpar, so certainly keep that in mind. Police are corrupt (major city for you). It is a bit smaller than most cities - perhaps less to do - and you can't come the suburbs of Whiteville, USA and expect the exact same culture. This isn't anything like Phoenix! I personally feel that this is a bit of a hidden gem, but that's for you to decide. I hope this gives a bit better perspective than the other reviews. Best of luck!

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Blah blah blah
Albuquerque, NM

It's called the Land of Entrapment for a reason... - 6/10/2014

The joke among the locals is that it's "the land of Entrapment" vs. the land of Enchantment which is the slogan that greets you as you enter New Mexico. I've been in Albuquerque for about eight years and I now understand what the locals meant. Virtually in the middle of nowhere for 6-7 hours in all directions, and there is nothing here. I would say okay to visit, but not to live if you're used to a faster pace unless you're retiring. Coming from the East Coast, initially it was a nice change of scenery to the hustle and bustle of the fast paced concrete jungle, but the newness has worn off. It's much slower here, but almost too slow. Most of the previous posts are very accurate descriptions. Pros-amazing weather, relatively low cost of living, low crime compared to most major cities, light traffic, great for retirees. Cons-zero entertainment-no real sports teams, no entertainment-aside from performers that haven't been relevant in decades, so if nostalgia is your thing then Albuquerque is perfect. I agree with a previous poster about the food here. It's terrible. You can only have so many burritos, tamales, and red and green chile EVERYthing before you begin to detest the cuisine here. Not to mention REAL cons. One of our suburbs is rumored to be home to a witness protection program. Lots of addicts here too. Meth, pills, and alcoholism is pretty bad here, but if I had lived here my entire life, I would probably resort to drug abuse to cope as well. Three movie theaters, two malls, a few bowling alleys, a few bars, a few casinos, a few parks, a dirty river, and a mountain range sums up what Albuquerque has to offer its residents.

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tammy
Albuquerque, NM

What a sewer of a city - 4/28/2014

The politicians will tell you what you want to hear then screw you over royal. This place is a den of thieves and swindlers and that's about the businesses and government. There are some nice people here but they are few and far between. Dugs and alcohol is everywhere no safe place to live in this looser cesspool.

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David
Albuquerque, NM

I'm home! - 4/3/2014

Glad to be back home where I belong! I moved away from Albuquerque, N.M. 21 years ago to Denver, CO where I lived for 18 years. I made a BIG mistake and quit my job that I loved and moved to Los Angeles, CA. I hated it there If you were a middle- class type person, and you moved to a place like Los Angeles, you suddenly became impoverished due to the extremely high cost of living. Yes, I ended up living in the most ghetto-est city. I'm not racist but I have to admit... I absolutely felt as if I were living in some foreign country- Mexico, to be exact! Blaahhhhh! The cost of living in Albuquerque is so much better! I feel richer having moved back here- I'm even able to freely spend and save money, finally! I love Albuquerque and I'm glad to be back.

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barbara
Albuquerque, NM

land of enchantment - 3/8/2014

great place to raise a family, there are so many fun places to take the kids. there is the bio park, aquarium with a shark in a tank , the kids love it.a train ride to the zoo just to add some more fun.the seasons are so beautiful.the spring and summers are filled with colorful trees and flowers and the winters are like a hallmark card.i enjoy the smell of lavender and pine in the air.the mountain that surrounds the city is ever changing in colors and weather its so magical.We lived in other states before we moved to Albuquerque and we have all that we need from a city and more right here in the land of enchantment.

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Brandon
Albuquerque, NM

NO NO NO, getting out asap - 1/30/2014

I'll try to keep my review from being too scathing ... I moved here from Boulder, CO a few months ago and was looking for work out of state after not finding what I needed there. I managed to find a good job in my field down here and had never been here before, so it was a shot in the dark I won't pretend to know everything about abq but after 4 months here's what i've learned..After having lived in 8 states and 3 countries and have at least visitedmost US states, I gotta say NM and ABQ has it's quirks, for better or worse. Pros- -Good Food, good number of restaurants -Beautiful sunsets -mild weather(winters been great) -diverse culture -now i'm stretching... Cons: Prevalent racism.. it's real, as a well dressed younger professional-type white male, I get dirty looks wherever I go. Abq seems very cliquey and overall of everywhere i've lived seems to be the least friendly. There are lots of people here who grew up here and this is all they know and they'd rather just stick to their circles and not let new people in. I'm a very social guy and even with going out on occasion I don't feel like this is a good place to be the new guy in town, most people are pretty set in their ways and have their own circles.. I "feel" like an outsider here more than anywhere else i've lived and i've moved many times. I've met very few people here who I can relate to. Everyone seems to be completely swept up in a massive party culture here and have no intention of getting out of here. Most people smoke, drink and rage out like most nights of the week. I think this is where "the land of entrapment" partly comes from.. people partying their lives away here instead of seeking out education, better opportunites etc. Being 26 I partied alot the past few yrs and am not judging anyone, I still go to some bars here and stuff but the amount of people who have nothing in their life but getting high and f***ed up is astounding, lots of people i've met here that could have been friends but getting too high or whatever to do anything but sleep. I've never seen so many tattoos, I have several myself but i'm talking about neck and face tattoos, i've never lived in a place where i've seen so many like on the regular basis, connected to the employment issues? well maybe at least partially.. there are an incredible amount of people living off uncle sam here ijs. Smoke shops, mother of god i've never seen so many.. again nothing against smoking but promoting the party culture is a problem here, it says alot about the kind of people the city will produce. The liquor stores are packed at most times of day..I honestly wasn't familiar with many states that sold liquor at gas stations, grocery stores etc and I don't think that helps that culture i'm talking about. Stupid people..I guess it's a stereotype for New Mexicans to be poorly educated and everything but lord have mercy. I meet tons of people(mostly hispanic) who have horrible vocabulary, close minded, ghetto don't know anything about the world beyond Abq. I've never heard the word "mines", ever, as in "that is mines" .. I die everytime lol. I'm in school right now and have seen a ton of local students who I don't know how they made it that far, kudos to them for getting education though. One of my teachers is honest to god the worst teacher i've ever had in terms of her knowledge and grammar usage. The best word I can use for this city is a word I hate.. "Ratchet". I actually met a pretty cool chick recently but she turned out to be ghetto AF.. all her friends thugs, swaggots, Cholos and people who generally want nothing out of life. She tried to get me to pay for every single thing in a few dates, turned out she had no direction in life and was a leech. never returned my calls or anything after passing out from smoking too much, typical Abq. If you are a single white guy who likes Latinas like me, good luck, most are not open minded.. most are ratchet, twerking hos nd only love the Cholo, gangbanger types..earrings, neck tattoos, shaved head, a typical look here, just being real about it.. there is a certain culture that exists here nowhere else i've seen. Also very few good looking women in general, i've heard that before about abq. Bad drivers, i've seen 2 intersection related accidents and several near misses.. every state says they have bad drivers but I see a ton of it here..people not paying attention and lots of swerving drivers too.. top DWI state I hear and it's not hard to see why. I don't think this is a place you want to be if you are white. I hope that doesn't offend anyone but I mean it. I've had many friends all over the world of diff cultures but there is something about Abq where the hispanics here act like they own the place and treat you like a true outsider, I feel very unwelcome. I'm trying to be open minded about this place, really am.. I grew up in NY and know all about unfriendly people but damn.. unless something really blows my mind here i'm gonna finish up some school and get out of here in a year or two. In summary, just feels like a trap here.. too many people doing nothing but pissing their lives away, poorly educated and lack of resources, discrimination is high if you are not hispanic and/or look/speak educated, professional etc. I like the sunsets, weather, some good food here and there, there are some opportunities for medical professionals here which I am and also research with Sandia Labs and some other high tech ventures.. but this is a place is clearly a place to visit not live imho. Other places i've lived that i'm kind of comparing against: Albuquerque, NM 4.5/10 Boulder, CO 8/10 Colorado Springs, CO 9/10 Ogden/Salt Lake City, UT 7/10 Syracuse, NY 7/10 Albany, NY 6/10 Lancaster/Lebanon, PA 7/10 Reading, PA 4/10

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scott
Albuquerque, NM

Not good !! - 1/7/2014

This city has no real economy much like the total state. There are far more takers than makers so many are on welfare. The workforce is very uneducated with only 50% graduating high school. People here are very white trash like. Totally no good looking women - totally. Worst drivers in the US. School system is terrible. NOT A GOOD PLACE TO BE !!!!

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Mark
Albuquerque, NM

Albuquerque political environment - 12/25/2013

Albuquerque politics: Like the U.S. at large, the political divide is close to even. There are strong communitarian and individualistic views and impulses evident throughout, often in interesting combinations. The pioneer/rancher ethos is strong (which has both libertarian and communitarian streaks), along with Native American, intellectual, and humanist perspectives. There are noisy wing nuts on both sides, but more people seem relatively moderate politically. There's a large Air Force base and sizable active duty and National Guard populations. It's a generally pro gun area, though many anti-gun people are also present.

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Mark
Albuquerque, NM

Albuquerque political environment - 12/25/2013

Albuquerque politics: Like the U.S. at large, the political divide is close to even. There are strong communitarian and individualistic views and impulses evident throughout, often in interesting combinations. The pioneer/rancher ethos is strong (which has both libertarian and communitarian streaks), along with Native American, intellectual, and humanist perspectives. There are noisy wing nuts on both sides, but more people seem relatively moderate politically. There's a large Air Force base and sizable active duty and National Guard populations. It's a generally pro gun area, though many anti-gun people are also present.

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Mark
Albuquerque, NM

Mediocre public education -- a few decent private - 12/25/2013

Albuquerque education: Public schools are so-so, and of inconsistent quality. We've not had children in the school system, but one of us volunteers with elementary reading tutoring and sees the damaging effects of several interacting factors: conservatives' relentless campaigns to vilify teachers and undercut real education, poorly managed schools at the system level, and a significant amount of parental incompetence (from an educational perspective). And yes, there are some (a minority of) unqualified teachers who need to be retrained or removed. There are a lot of poor, undereducated parents who don't know how to best help their children learn. It's a toxic mix of factors conspiring against effective public schools. Even so, there are pockets of excellence, though these tend not to be rewarded or reinforced and are difficult to maintain. There are a few good private schools in the area, but only a couple that are secular. Well educated parents who have the ability and time to oversee their kids' learning will be okay. Others' children may suffer inferior educations. University of New Mexico is here, with a reputation ranging from so-so to superior, depending on academic program. UNM has a reputation for bleeding off too much of its budget to a too-large cadre of overpaid, under-performing administrators. It also has a reputation for its maddening bureaucratic processes and unhelpful lower-and-mid level administrative personnel. I've heard many disturbing stories of staff being blatantly rude and dismissive of students seeking to sign up for classes, change schedules, or take other simple administrative actions. UNM does offer a robust continuing education program that gets much better reviews. CNM, the local community college, is typical of that kind of school. It's more affordable than UNM, but has fewer programs. Because there's a large military community, there are a lot of other national universities and colleges (U. of Phoenix, National U., etc.) with physical presence. If you want an education and can afford it, you can get it.

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