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Albuquerque, NM


Mayor: Richard Berry (2009-2017)
Institute Session: 2010 MICD 47

Albuquerque, New Mexico is the site of a unique view into history with a 27-acre rail yard, including large locomotive repair shops from the time of steam locomotives. When former Mayor Richard Berry attended MICD he knew he wanted to take these large spaces and transform them into “a community asset.”

“Subsequent to my chance to go to MICD, we brought in a master developer and have taken some of the ideas from MICD and have forwarded those on to our developer so that we can turn this into, what I think, will be one of the premier spaces in the city… [MICD] gave me a great ability as a mayor to talk to the master developers, to look at the proposals, to try to make an informed decision on what I thought I could do, to help facilitate the project.”

“The Mayor’s Institute on City Design helps you to take things that you think are a good idea… and put them into a forum where you could talk to other mayors, you can talk candidly, you can talk to experts from landscape design to urban design to transportation, and really bring these groups together and talk in a very candid format about a project, what might work, what might not, put the egos on the side and really just have a good conversation.”

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