The ghosts of trolleys past, lawsuits allege abuse at Immaculate Conception, historical woodcuts, and more on the Friday Roundup
A vintage trolley from the cover page of a 1994 city study looking into the feasibility of running such a vehicle between Downtown and Old Town via the rail spur.
Long before the rail spur trail idea, Albuquerque considered a trolley
After reading Monday's piece on the Wells Park-Sawmill rail spur and the various daydreams about turning it into a trail, Alert Reader Dan Majewski sent us this golden oldie: A 1994 city study looking into the feasibility of running a vintage trolley from Downtown to Old Town via that same spur. He found it back in 2016 when working on an economic development project for the city, and even produced this map laying out some of the possibilities. 

The 1994 study pegged the cost at as much as $10.3 million, which in today's dollars would be about $17 million.

The idea obviously never took off in the 1990s, but for Majewski, the moment has passed anyway: "As it stands now I think the trail is the right approach," he said.
Noticed on Laguna: City tree trimming crews were hard at work Monday morning.
Two new lawsuits allege abuse at Immaculate Conception
The suits deal with incidents as recent as 2011, the Journal reports.
Jim Henson exhibit buzz builds
The exhibit opens Saturday. KRQE had an interview with a Henson collaborator this week. KUNM's "The Children's Hour" will broadcast live from the museum tomorrow and feature an interview with Henson's daughter
United mural at 2nd and Coal is done
From a distance, the new mural looks like a scene from a game. But get closer, and you can see that the background is made up of pictures of fans and players. The Curse refers to an official fan group.
Noticed at Coal and 13th: Just in case there was any doubt, a new wood sculpture comes with a label.
Wells Park oral history event is tomorrow
The Journal had a piece on it this week. And here's the Oct. 31 DAN article excerpting some of the histories. Event details here
Upcoming NHCC events
The list includes the free holiday celebration "
¬°ILUMINARTE!" on Dec. 8.
Woodcuts workshop
A group of artists and area residents gathered in Wells Park last weekend to convey scenes from neighborhood history in wooden form. Using knives, they removed parts of a thin piece of wood, thus revealing an image. The woodcuts are inked and then pressed against special paper to transfer the image. The woodcuts will be submitted to a committee that will select some for the honor of being printed up as large banners and posted on Mountain's street lamps. The new banners are scheduled to appear next summer. The project is a part of the city's public art program.
This woodcut is an image of Candelaria Garcia, who was part of the family that lived in the Old Town building where the Hacienda del Rio restaurant is today.
A print - made from an inked woodcut - based on a historical photo of a boy in Old Town.
A print titled "horse and trolley at work." (Photos courtesy of Julianna Kerwin.)
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