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Mayor Berry Launches Downtown Action Plan

Initiative incorporates multiple agencies and cross-sector partners.

July 5, 2017

Albuquerque, NM – Today, with approximately $150 million dollars in current and ongoing public and private sector investments in the core of the City, Mayor Richard J. Berry stood with Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden, business leaders, investors, non-profit providers and City directors to reveal the new Downtown Action Plan. 

The Action Plan is based on five core efforts including:

  1. Enhanced policing and law enforcement efforts in the area
  2. Clean Streets Initiatives including additional street sweepers, graffiti control and trash cleanup
  3. Services for people suffering from homelessness, substance abuse and mental health issues
  4. Partnerships with business owners, business advocates and other private sector and non- profit entities
  5. Security Integration between City security and private sector security providers

“There is no question that we are seeing a renaissance downtown with unprecedented investment and interest in living and working in the core of our City,” said Mayor Berry.  “This robust initiative is all about creating a sustainable long term plan so that downtown is welcoming to everyone,” he added.

The Albuquerque Police Department (APD) has already started concentrated law enforcement efforts in this area, weeding out sources of illegal activity. Police are also directing people to services and non-profit organizations including substance abuse counseling, homeless providers and mental health advocates. “You can’t just arrest your way out of these issues,” said Mayor Berry.  “We have an obligation to try and help steer people towards long term solutions for themselves and their families,” he added.

The City of Albuquerque is also ramping up clean-streets efforts by increasing the street sweeper schedule from once a week to every other day. In conjunction with the Block By Block cleanup crews, the City graffiti crews and other departments, the public spaces in downtown will have an improved appearance.

The Downtown Action Plan has been designed to be a sustainable, ongoing effort that can be carried on through public/private partnerships for years to come.