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Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 22-01-2018


All around my street in west Albuquerque there are streets that have 35 miles per hour speed limit. A few area’s are 30…There are a some folks who read and obey the 35….The others cannot read those numbers, or they  have a big, heavy foot, or they don’t care, or they are in a hurry and will obey the speed limit tomorrow,  or something else. And….if you do drive the speed limit you piss everyone off who happens to be behind you…Some will go around you by driving in the turn lane provided for left hand turns. I ask you, what’s up with that? Seldom do you see police pulling people over for exceeding the speed limit and also, “what’s up with that?”. I can understand why they don’t worry about breaking the law as it is seldom enforced. So why not go ahead and raise the limit to 45 or even to 50 as most of them are driving at 50 or faster, if the old retired folks will get out of the their way…..  These retirees are like me and  hate to break the law……Also, maybe the newer cars just can’t go that slow….Maybe I need to trade my old jalopy….Reckon?….. Oh yeah, and the 60 mph speed limit on Paso Del Norte is a joke. I drove a few miles per hour over the speed limit on it today and every one was passing me.  I passed two cars….They were broke down……It will be ok I guess, it was  a Monday.

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Perhaps that is the reason the two cars were broke down. They just couldn’t take the speed. Things must have changed in Albuquerque over the past 50 years. Fifty years ago, no one drove over the speed limit either on KAFB or off the base. I know because, when one is walking or riding a bicycle, one can tell. One can tell easily what speed a car is going when one is on board a bicycle or on board one’s feet and the car is passing within a few feet of one’s wheels. One can certainly tell the difference in 35 mph and 40 mph. I could tell the difference in 35 and 45 mph on July 4, 1968 when a pickup truck ran off the road within a couple of feet of my rear bicycle tire, skidded up a cloud of dust and completely around, came to a complete stop before continuing on down the road as if nothing had happened. Of course, he was probably in regret mode for having to go to work on a holiday as well as too drunk to have known whether he was on the road or not. I also continued on my bike journey as if nothing had happened. I didn’t get concerned until I thought about what could have happened later. It does make a difference when one is on a bike or one’s feet insofar as speed is concerned.

Paso del Norte is the new high speed east west street for the northern portion of the city. I think they may be planning some upgrades to Alameda to improve the speed on it as well. The west side has grown so much and so fast that lately even they are slowing down and at quitting time it is a snails pace….Progress….

I’m sure there has been many changes. Paso del Norte was one of my bicycling trails in the late Sixties. This was the time just after Montgomery Blvd. had just been paved all the way to Sandia Mountain. I was probably the first to ride on the new I-40 all the way to the top of Nine Mile Hill before it was officially opened to traffic and before it was paved. I was afraid that I might be arrested for trespassing, as it was a holiday and there were people working, but I managed to stay away from them. There was a lot of wide open space, particularly on the west side, even that close to the city. It was a great place to build an interstate. I wondered at the time what lucky person sold all that desert sand since it didn’t appear to me to be useful for anything else. Those were the days. At the time, I didn’t realize that I’d be looking back at them with such fondness. There is a big difference in mid-twenties and mid-seventies. Now I’m not sure that I could bike across base, much less across what Albuquerque had become. It was warm, but it was dry. There was never any sweat dripping. Just salt to wipe of my skin to indicate that I would soon need a salt tablet as well as a drink of water to take it with.

Albuquerque is now grown to the top of nine mile hill and will probably exceed that in the next 10 to 15 years. West or northwest is the only way we can grown now.

Do you mean that it is impossible for Albuquerque to grow over the mountain to the east the way that Birmingham grew over Red Mountain to the south in the Fifties and Sixties? I think that, if it grows any more at all, it will grow to where the water is, and this will probably be closer to the mountains. The mountains are Albuquerque’s life blood. If the rain and snow cease their annual trek over the mountains, the city is probably sunk.

Yes, it already has. that is called Edgewood and it has really grown. I suppose Morarity has grown some also.
The mountain in the east, Cedar Crest and surrounding area has grown as well. But for Albuquerque proper, west or northwest is about it, except for isolated spots.

I remember Edgewood as just a farming and ranching village. The young people of Hermosa Drive Baptist Church use to have religious camps and other gatherings at a ranch near Edgewood. It was a fun time in which I have many memories. I still think that, if Albuquerque is to grow very much more, it will grow to where the water is, wherever that is, be it towards the end of a canal from the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, if such a canal is feasible, water from snow-fed lakes, streams, and underground sources, or wherever. The unreliability of snow-fed sources has already been demonstrated by global and environmental change.

We owe Texas so much of the Rio Grande River water that I don’t know how much of that, if any, water is left for Albuquerque. We purchased some of the San Juan River water from the Farmington area, pump it down here and store it in our underground storage and use as needed….I reckon it is used daily, don’t know about that. Water is definitely a problem for us.

It is so sad too. Albuquerque is in a beautiful and unique area with a healthy climate and with all the modern conveniences of life. When I was there in the late Sixties when the population was 400 thousand or so, I heard nothing about water shortages, but, then, the snows were always coming in the mountains with regularity and the snow-fed underground sources always seemed adequate and uncontaminated for the foreseeable future. Then the population doubled and tripled and “global warming” and climate change set in for whatever reason, and water shortages occurred. Perhaps the area, like California, is not equipped to sustain a very large population with the water requirement of modern American living. If the clock could be turned back to the time of the ancient native American who lived only on a subsistence economy, perhaps there would be no water problems, even with climate change and so-called global warming. Perhaps technology and a lot of Federal, taxpayer money can solve the problem. If not, a period of economic regression, negative growth and perhaps a return to the near subsistence living of the native American past might be in the future for the entire region.

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