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The Downtown Forward Plan

Downtown FORWARD

An implementation plan to create a safe, vibrant, and inclusive community with the Metropolitan Redevelopment Agency and Albuquerque Police Department.

Downtown Albuquerque is the intersection of Route 66, the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad, Pueblo Indian trade routes, and El Camino Real. It is the cultural crossroads of the southwest. It remains the employment, transportation, and tourism hub for New Mexico. Like all downtowns across the world, downtown Albuquerque experienced significant challenges over the past two years. As the pandemic recedes, the importance of vibrant urban spaces that invite us to congregate and celebrate is reemerging. Despite their small geographic size, downtowns punch above their weight when it comes to economic and fiscal impact. Their vitality is also essential to attracting new businesses wanting a vibrant urban center for their workforce.

During the pandemic, the Metropolitan Redevelopment Agency (MRA) conducted extensive outreach and stakeholder interviews to determine how the City can assist in elevating downtown to the vision we desire. Public Safety ECHO conducted meetings twice a month with downtown businesses, residents, workers and public safety officials to identify solutions. These seven strategies emerged as the most essential steps to creating a healthy, safe, and vibrant downtown district:

  1. Make downtown safe.
  2. extend compassion to those in need.
  3. Give people something to do.
  4. Build more housing.
  5. Anchor, connect, and catalyze with strategic investments.
  6. Invest in sustainability.
  7. Create tools for redevelopment.

View the Downtown FORWARD plan.

A group of children and adults playing on a splashpad on Civic Plaza.