Creating a Vibrant Live/Work/Play Environment in the Core of Our City
Our GoalWork with business, government, and community partners to revitalize and transform Downtown Albuquerque into the vibrant heart of our city – an area that is exciting, engaging, welcoming, and safe for businesses, residents, and visitors alike
Our Core Beliefs
The Chamber’s Downtown Transformation Policy Planks:
- Reduce the prevalence of homelessness and crime in Downtown Albuquerque
- Revitalize and renew historical buildings, routes, and spaces
- Explore new transformational projects and attractions for the downtown area
Initiatives and Progress
The Chamber has undertaken various advocacy efforts in support of a 24/7 homeless center that would provide day-and-night sheltering basic services for the homeless, intake homeless individuals from first responders, and connect the homeless to appropriate housing options, services, and treatment. Mayor Keller and the Chamber have worked hand-in-hand on the project, with a $14 million bond to finance the project appearing on the ballot for voter consideration in November.
- APD reports a 10% reduction in total crime in Downtown Albuquerque between 2017 and 2018, within preliminary reports showing the area is on pace for a 20% reduction this year.
- In September 2018, Mayor Keller created the Downtown Public Safety District, which includes a police substation at the Alvarado Transportation Center, more downtown offices, and a change in police tactics (i.e. more bike patrols)
The Chamber has also developed public safety recommendations to enhance the viability of downtown, especially after business hours, when residents and visitors would be more likely to be in the area.
- Create a downtown public safety district with a Deputy Chief of Police
- Install a police substation at the Alvarado Transportation Center
- Increase the number of assigned officers downtown
- Address homelessness and related needs through outreach and crisis intervention
- Construct a 24/7 shelter and expand housing vouchers and addiction resources
- Step up garbage collection, as well as expand efforts to eradicate graffiti quickly