30 - Low and high density living
- 30.1 Residential Density and Land Use
- 30.2 Vacant Sites and Building Activity
- 30.3 Walking to Work and For Exercise
- See Goal 4, Indicator 28.2 Open Space and Trails
Traffic Light Scorecard"A balance of densities, land uses, and pedestrian friendly environments is available throughout Albuquerque"
PICTURE IS IMPROVING
Based on the Following criteria:
Residential acres in every Community Planning Area (CPA) in Albuquerque are at least 81% low density, ranging up to 98.7%. The percentage of medium residential density ranges from 0.2% to 12.5%, and high density ranges from 0.1% to 11.4%. Land uses are similarly dispersed among CPAs, creating variety, but not necessarily balance, in Albuquerque’s residential density and land uses. Infill development is occurring with a 59% reduction in the number of vacant sites inside the 1960 city limits between 1999 and 2008. Such development is creating more opportunities for people to walk to work and walk for exercise. City trails are very accessible to residences: 74% of residences are within ¼ mile of a trail and 99% are within one mile. Only 1% are farther than one mile from a City trail.
Two of five regional benchmark cities, Tucson and Colorado Springs, have a better percentage of commuters walking to work. Albuquerque has a slightly better rate than Oklahoma City, Austin, and El Paso. These differences are slight, and likely within the surveying margin of error.
In 2007, Albuquerque citizens considered a balance of densities, land uses, and pedestrian friendly environments as only slightly important, placing it 43rd of all 51 Desired Conditions. Progress, however was perceived to be somewhat better, 19th of 51 DCs, which is a closer match to the indicator data. Among the CPAs, Central Albuquerque residents considered this DC more important than other residents, while Near Heights residents perceived the lowest level of progress.
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