The MRGCD election wasn't even close, Keller keeps door open a crack for Coronado shelter, car v. sand barrel, The Acre comes to Downtown, ten years of Café Lush, and more on the Friday Roundup
Welcome to our weekly collection of briefs, announcements, photos, items from other outlets, and other odds and ends. There's plenty on tap this morning, so let's get right to it:
Keller not completely shutting the door on a shelter at Coronado Park
Mayor Tim Keller held a press conference in the parking lot of Tractor Brewing (Fourth and Haines) on Tuesday to call attention to a series of city initiatives in the area, including a raft of new streetlights and sidewalk improvements (DAN, 11/12/20).

We took the opportunity to bring up Coronado Park, which Keller has occasionally tipped as a possible location for a homeless shelter or other type of service center, generally as a last-ditch backup to other sites. This has caused much consternation with some area residents and with the Wells Park Neighborhood Association, who are already unhappy with the park's de facto status as a homeless day shelter.

Now that the city has finalized its purchase of the Gibson Medical Center, we wondered, would he guarantee that Coronado Park would remain a park in its entirety as long as he was in charge?

Keller answered that the Gibson purchase will help avoid needing to use the park for a shelter, but he stopped short of giving assurances about it.

"One thing I've learned is to never guarantee anything," he said.
Tierra Adentro releases documentary on its COVID experience
Watch the adventures of the Sawmill charter school and its flamenco emphasis here.
Baca and Dunning reelected in MRGCD race
It was a bit of a blowout. Full results here.
At El Vado, a car nudges aside a 2,000-pound barrel of sand
The parking saga continues, as the Better Burque blog explains
BioPark's evening hours continue tonight
The zoo will be open until 8 p.m. this evening. The BioPark has also resumed its evening tours (info).
Following a very quiet week that saw only three cases in greater Downtown, the past seven days had 24 reported cases.
City Council wrap
This week's meeting included a number of Downtown-related items:
  • PASSED: A purchase agreement for the Rosenwald Building (Fourth and Central). Details here. We had more information in Monday's edition.
  • PASSED: The formal conversion of an alley on which Civic Plaza technically sits into a normal parcel of land (DAN, 3/29/21). Other details here.
  • PASSED: A $10 million industrial revenue bond for construction work Bueno Foods is doing on its campus south of the National Hispanic Cultural Center (DAN, 3/30/21). A cheat sheet on how industrial revenue bonds work is here.
  • PASSED: A measure allowing recognition of out-of-state handicap parking placards. One Texas visitor learned the hard way about the old law when visiting the zoo and that experience seems to have inspired the change. Details here.
  • DEFERRED: A measure to tear down a dilapidated house at 1717 Edith Blvd. SE (details). It looks as though the property has a buyer who is interested in fixing things up.
  • DEFERRED: Another effort to tear down a dilapidated house - this one at 1804 High Street SE (details). It seems a family member of the owner is staging a last-minute intervention to fix up the property.
  • DEFERRED: The new regulatory regime for where cannabis can be sold. Look for a special June 17 meeting on that and other zoning updates.
Happy 10th birthday to Café Lush
Monday is the big day at the restaurant (Seventh and Tijeras) and some festivities are in order: "We will be handing out rum balls, tuaca balls, and maybe some other kinds as well," owner Sandy Gregory reports.
The Acre, a vegetarian restaurant, will open location in old Gold Street Caffè building
"The second location will allow us to better serve our Downtown, EDo, Nob Hill, and Los Ranchos guests," the restaurant said in a social media post. Look for it in August near Gold and Third. 
Federico's opens in West Park
The Mexican food chain moved into a building at Central and Clayton (one block west of Rio Grande) that was once a Dairy Queen and more recently a short-lived burrito operation.
Restaurant review roundup
The Paper recently reviewed Bow and Arrow (Wells Park), Sister (Downtown core), and Hollow Spirits (Wells Park), while featured the Indian Pueblo Kitchen, the restaurant at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.
Rest in peace
Alert Reader Bob sent over this June 1907 Journal account of the City Council meeting at which Railroad Avenue was renamed as Central.
HopeWorks fillets city's homelessness strategy
The Wells Park nonprofit works closely with the city on a number of initiatives, but the gloves came off in a Journal op-ed this week that also sought to frame homelessness in the context of racism.
Lowriders stage Downtown protest cruise
The Paper reports.
Art on Mountain Road: The brand
A group of gallery owners and friends recently produced this guide to the area.
Me, myself, and I
"Eye to I," an exhibition of self-portraits, opens at Albuquerque Museum tomorrow (details). Above, "Self Portrait" by Elaine de Kooning.
La Esquinita food distribution continues
Beginning today, the operation at Fourth and Coal will host a new season as the pickup point for the Better Together CSA, a collaboration of eight area farmers. Details here.
Homicide investigation at Broadway and Coal
The incident happened Sunday, APD reports.
New list of top problematic properties includes three in greater Downtown
All are in the South Broadway area. Details on the program are here and the list is here.
Off-Duty Reads: The life, times, and Huning Castle cameo of Vivian Vance
The actress most famous for her role as Ethel in "I Love Lucy" was for a time a regular at the Albuquerque Little Theatre. This recent article about her life tells the story.
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