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Hoffmantown Featured in Series by One Albuquerque Media That Shares the History of Local Neighborhoods

Latest Neighborhoods at a Crossroads premieres on April 2.

March 28, 2022 - The City of Albuquerque's One Albuquerque Media continues to shine light on the community by sharing and preserving the history of the city's diverse neighborhoods. The sixth installment of the series Neighborhoods at a Crossroads featuring Hoffmantown will premiere during a public screening at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 2 at Tony Hillerman Library. 

When the population of Albuquerque boomed after World War II, Sam Hoffman, a Phoenix-based homebuilder, saw an opportunity. The Russian emigre acquired a plot of land near Wyoming and Menaul Blvds. NE in the early 1950s and built the Hoffmantown subdivision on what was the edge of Albuquerque at the time. This pioneering development featured a totally planned community, with sturdy, affordable homes for the city's growing middle class, a large park, and the iconic Hoffmantown Shopping Center. While Hoffman met a tragic end, the subdivision would live on as a model for future growth in Albuquerque's Northeast Heights.

The new 30-minute documentary featuring historian Robert Wood and several former and current residents of the neighborhood tells the story of how Hoffmantown came to be, what it was like growing up there, and the challenges it faces today. Previous pieces focused on the Martineztown, Barelas, Alamosa, Thomas Village, and Wells Park neighborhoods.

Tony Hillerman Library is located at 8205 Apache NE. The video will also be available on One Albuquerque Media YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/c/CityofAlbuquerqueGOVTV) channel the same day.