May is Heritage Preservation Month | Cultural Diversity

Each year, HPD selects a theme to highlight a current preservation cause.  In the last couple of years, the National Park Service and state historic preservation offices nationwide have sought to improve cultural diversity in the National Register and through other preservation work by focusing on underrepresented and underserved communities.

This year’s poster draws attention to African American history in New Mexico by honoring Almeta Williams, who worked for the AT&SF in Clovis. In 1943, Farm Security Administration photographer Jack Delano was compiling portraits of American workers during the Great Depression when he photographed Ms. Williams for his series. Along with the recent State and National Register listing of Dunbar Elementary School in the border town of Vado, HPD and preservationists in Clovis, Roswell and other communities are surveying historic sites associated with black history in New Mexico. The Dunbar nomination is on this website and features a summary of the early African American experience in our state.

The Calendar of Events listings are diverse. They include a Fort Union event focused on Buffalo Soldiers,  archaeological tours, a full-moon hike at White Sands, a couple wine festivals, and viewing of bats ascending from Carlsbad Caverns at dusk.

Heritage Preservation Award winners will be announced in May, and recipients honored at a ceremony at the historic St. Francis Auditorium in Santa Fe.

More on Preservation Month here.

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Outreach Event, Nob Hill Neighborhood Association, ABC to Z

Who and What: ABC to Z is an ambitious two-year project by CABQ and Bernalillo County to update the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Comprehensive Plan and simplify the city’s zoning and subdivision regulations into a document called the Integrated Development Ordinance (IDO). It will affect Nob Hill significantly, both residential and commercial areas, replacing current zoning including the Nob Hill Highland Sector Plan.

Why: As the first legislative step toward passage by city council, CABQ’s Environmental Planning Commission (EPC) will hear the IDO on April 6. Your neighborhood association is developing comments. Your board of directors would like your input to help craft these comments. You are invited to bring your input thisMonday, February 27 from 6:30-8pm. Format will be drop-in, open house. Your directors will then develop association comments at their regular meeting March 6.

The attachment shows comments your association made to planners last August. It provides an idea of the types of issues in play. Some of our comments have been incorporated, some have not, and the draft is more fleshed out than it was then.

You can review the draft IDO at

We also urge you to submit your individual comments to EPC on that website and to speak at the EPC hearing.

Nob Hill Outreach Event: MONTE VISTA CHRISTIAN CHURCH, 3501 Campus Blvd NE

When: Monday, February 27, 2017; 6:30 pm –8 pm, open house

All are welcome…Contact Person: Gary, 991-1388

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This Thursday 2/9….Crime and Security

Here’s your chance to help move the dial on security and crime.

Let’s have a good turnout from Nob Hill and see some improvements. Questions: Gary 991-1388

WhenFebruary 96:00-8:00 pm

Where: Wilson Middle School – Library – 1138 Cardenas SE

The Agenda:

6:00-6:15 Introductions

6:15-7:00 Discussion Groups

7:00-7:30 Report out of ideas from different tables

7:30-8:00 Mingle
Sara Mancini & Vanessa Baca from Council Neighborhood Services / Office of Neighborhood Coordination will help facilitate the meeting. Sean Foran from Councilor Davis’ office, Laura Kuehn from APD’s SE Substation (Crime Prevention/Crime Free Programs), Steve Sink with Neighborhood Watch and Andrew DeGarmo, Planner, will also be in attendance.

We will break into discussion groups where individuals can come together to create solutions and ideas for residents, businesses, APD as well as the City so we may address our concerns surrounding crime & safety in our communities.

Table 1: Neighborhood Watch programs – how can you create and grow a neighborhood watch program for your block?

Table 2: Addressing home security & safety – what steps can you take to make your house safer?

Table 3: Addressing business security & safety – what steps can you take to make your business safer?

Table 4: Neighborhood multimodal security & safety – how can we improve safety for pedestrians, cyclists & bus passengers?

Just added, Table 5: Liquor laws, zoning

In our three meetings we’ve had thus far, the residents and business owners in attendance made their grievances heard. We received helpful information from City Council members, APD, and representatives from the Safe City Strike Force.

It is now time to get to work. Hope to see you there.

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