Corrupt, miserable dump.
Been stuck here for over a decade. Miserable, corrupt, crime ridden S***hole. Terrible schools, unresponsive, openly corrupt government, not jobs outside of the limited federal sector, idiotic sprawl-encouraging housing developments (Mesa del Sol, Santolina) subsidized with taxpayer dollars to put in infrastructure for what have turned out to be boondoggles, while the center of the city rots. Large parts of the city (e.g. South Valley) are no go zones where M13 and other gangs are the law. Despite the racist tone taken by some commenters, at least 50% of the crooks in government are white, like our former mayor, Berry, who destroyed the economy of one of the few viable neighborhoods (Nob Hill) with a stupid bus project, using federal anti-poverty money, that is presently nonfunctional and does nothing but further snarl traffic, but he and his wife got paid, that's for sure. Present government seems to say the right things but is ineffective and has done nothing to fix much of anything, and refuses to investigate, much less indict, the thieves who came before him. When I travel anywhere and tell people where I "live", the question always comes up if Breaking Bad is "accurate" in describing the place. I tell them it's basically a documentary. Ten years on we still cling to the show as the best thing that's ever happened to this place...and despite what Brian Cranston and Ryan Paul say about how great the people are (yeah, right, he was hanging with "real" people" here), and how they own properties in New Mexico...you can bet your ___ that they have ranches in Taos. Not here.
Sheik | Albuquerque, NM