I love Albuquerque warts and all
These reviews on here for cities, almost any city, are fairly predictable. Nobody writes unless they have something to complain about.
Is Albuquerque the Paris of the Southwest? No. Is it a sh*thole? Absolutely not. In fact, it's one of the prettiest cities I've ever lived in. You just have to get to know it, know it well, and be on guard of where you are and what you're doing. Albuquerque natives really want nothing so much as they want to mind their own business and let you mind yours. Keep that in mind in your day-to-day dealings with folks and you'll be just fine.
Albuquerque has definite problems. Crime and poverty are near the top. Sure, they need to be discussed in order to try and come to a solution, and merely discussing them because they do exist is not an unfair slam on Albuquerque. On the other hand, it's certainly not the only place that this is happening.
It's a beautiful city in a beautiful state. With a little luck and a lot of common sense, it can be a really great place.
J. Fredd | Denver, CO