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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Nickname: "The Duke City"
Location in the state of New Mexico
Coordinates: 35°06′39″N, 106°36′36″W
Country United States
State New Mexico
County Bernalillo
Founded 1706
Mayor Martin Chavez
Area  
 - City 469.5 km²  (181.3 sq mi)
 - Land 467.9 km²  (180.6 sq mi)
 - Water 1.7 km² (0.6 sq mi)
Elevation 1,619.1 m  (5,312 ft)
Population  
 - City (2005) 494,236
 - Density 958.9/km² (2,483.4/sq mi)
 - Metro 797,940
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 - Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
Website: http://www.cabq.gov/

Albuquerque (pronounced [ˈæl.bə.kɚ.ki], Spanish: [al.βu.ˈkeɾ.ke]) is the largest city in the state of New Mexico, United States. It is the county seat of Bernalillo County and is situated in the central part of the state, straddling the Rio Grande. The city population was 448,607 as of the 2000 U.S. census. As of the 2005 census estimate, the city's population was 494,236, with a metropolitan population of 797,940. In 2005, Albuquerque ranked as the 33rd-largest city and 62nd-largest metropolitan area in the U.S. The metropolitan population includes the city of Rio Rancho, one of the fastest growing cities in the United States.

ABQ (the code for the city's airport and also a colloquialism for the city) is located where the Interstate highways I-40 and I-25 meet in an interchange which locals refer to as the "Big I."

Albuquerque is home to the University of New Mexico (UNM) and Kirtland Air Force Base as well as Sandia National Laboratories and Petroglyph National Monument. The Sandia Mountains run along the eastern side of Albuquerque and the Rio Grande flows through the city north to south. Albuquerque's climate is usually sunny and dry, averaging around 8-9 inches (250 to 300 mm) of precipitation per year. With more than 300 days of sunshine annually, Albuquerque is often considered to have one of the most comfortable climates in North America.

The city has hosted the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta every year since 1972. Since 1975 the event has been held each October.

Albuquerque is the largest city in the Albuquerque MSA. It shoulders Rio Rancho, the fastest growing city in the State of New Mexico, and is the hub for many master-planned communities which are expected to draw future businesses and residents to the area.

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[edit] History

The city was founded in 1706 as the Spanish colonial outpost of Alburquerque; present-day Albuquerque retains much of the Spanish cultural and historical heritage.

Alburquerque was a farming community and strategically located military outpost along the Camino Real. The town of Alburquerque was built in the traditional Spanish village pattern: a central plaza surrounded by government buildings, homes, and a church. This central plaza area has been preserved and is open to the public as a museum, cultural area, and center of commerce. It is referred to as "Old Town Albuquerque" or simply "Old Town."

The village was named by the provincial governor Don Francisco Cuervo y Valdes in honour of Don Francisco Fernández de la Cueva, Duke of Alburquerque, viceroy of New Spain from 1653 to 1660. The first "r" in "Alburquerque" was dropped at some point in the 19th century, supposedly by an Anglo-American railroad station-master unable to correctly pronounce the city's name. In the 1990s, the Central Avenue Trolley Buses were emblazoned with the name Alburquerque (note the extra "r" as the fifth letter) in honor of the city's historic name. Throughout 2005 and 2006, the tricentennial celebration is taking place throughout the city. During the Civil War Albuquerque was occupied in February 1862 by Confederate troops under General Henry Hopkins Sibley, who soon afterwards advanced with his main body into northern New Mexico. During his retreat from Union troops into Texas he made a stand on April 8, 1862 at Albuquerque. A day-long engagement at long range led to few casualties against a detachment of Union soldiers commanded by Colonel Edward R. S. Canby.

When the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad arrived in 1880, it bypassed the Plaza, locating the passenger depot and railyards about two miles east in what quickly became known as New Albuquerque or New Town. Old Town remained a separate community until the 1920s when it was absorbed by the City of Albuquerque, which had been incorporated in 1891. Albuquerque High School, the city's first high school, was established in 1879.

New Albuquerque quickly became a tidy southwestern town which by 1900 boasted a population of 8,000 inhabitants and all the modern amenities including an electric street railway connecting Old Town, New Town, and the recently established UNM campus on the East Mesa. In 1902 the famous Alvarado Hotel was built adjacent to the new passenger depot and remained a symbol of the city until it was torn down in 1970 to make room for a parking lot. In 2002, the Alvarado Transportation Center was built on the site in a manner resembling the old landmark. The large metro station functions as the downtown headquarters for the city's transit department, and serves as an intermodal hub for local buses, Greyhound buses, and the Rail Runner commuter rail line.

New Mexico's dry climate brought many tuberculosis patients to the city in search of a cure during the early 1900s, and several sanitaria sprang up on the East Mesa to serve them. Presbyterian Hospital and St. Joseph Hospital, two of the largest hospitals in the Southwest, had their beginnings during this period. Influential New Deal-era governor Clyde Tingley and famed southwestern architect John Gaw Meem were among those brought to New Mexico by tuberculosis.

The first travelers on Route 66 appeared in Albuquerque in 1926, and before long dozens of motels, restaurants, and gift shops had sprung up along the roadside to serve them. Route 66 originally ran through the city on a north-south alignment along Fourth Street, but in 1937 it was realigned along Central Avenue, a more direct east-west route. The intersection of Fourth and Central downtown was the principal crossroads of the city for decades. The majority of the surviving structures from the Route 66 era are on Central, though there are also some on Fourth.

The establishment of Kirtland Air Force Base in 1939, Sandia Base in the early 1940s, and Sandia National Laboratories in1949, would make Albuquerque a key player of the Atomic Age. Meanwhile, the city continued to expand outward onto the East Mesa, reaching a population of 200,000 by 1960.

As Albuquerque spread outward, the downtown area fell into a decline. Many historic buildings were razed in the 1960s and 1970s to make way for new plazas, highrises, and parking lots as part of the city's urban renewal project. Only recently has downtown come to regain much of its urban character, mainly through the construction of many new loft apartment buildings and the renovation of historic structures like the KiMo Theater.

Now in the 21st century, Albuquerque continues to grow quite fast. The population of the city proper is estimated at 494,236 in 2005, up from 448,607 in the 2000 census, and is projected to reach 540,279 in 2010. Also, the metropolitan area population is estimated at 780,439 in 2005, up from 712,738 in the 2000 census, and is projected to reach 855,285 in 2010, and surpass 1 million by 2020.

[edit] Urban trends and issues

Recently, government leaders and many citizens in the city have actively pursued urban projects taken on by cities many times larger. A huge push has resulted in the somewhat successful revitalization of downtown, creating restaurants, offices, and residential lofts. The strip of Central Avenue between First and Eighth streets has become a hub of urban life, with a big-city feel. Alvarado provides convenient access to other parts of the city. Now, the mayor wants to tackle a rapid transit project to ease some of the city's traffic woes. Light rail is being considered and would initially extend up the Central Avenue corridor from the westside, through downtown, past UNM and the Nob Hill district, and into the Uptown Area [1]. The system would later be expanded to cover Rio Rancho and the Northeast. Construction is expected to start by September 2007.

A few citizens and city councilors fear Albuquerque may be "growing too quickly." They want to avoid increasing crime and traffic, worsening air quality, stressing water supplies, and encroaching on the natural environment. For instance, 1995's controversial construction of the Montaño Bridge crossing at the Rio Grande resulted in the bridge only being striped for two lanes. After a grace period, the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce passed a board position in 2003 supporting the opening of two additional lanes; these lanes were eventually opened in March 2006, despite the outcry of local residents. However, a significant majority of Albuquerque residents supported the opening of the four lanes, as well as the initial construction of the bridge in 1995.[2].

The passage of the West Side Strategic Plan provides rules concerning building permits for the extreme western fringes of the city. [3]. This act encourages in-filling developments and discourages the movement of wealthy residents to outlying suburban areas. Urban sprawl is limited by the Pueblo of Sandia to the north, the Pueblo of Isleta and Kirtland Air Force Base to the south, the Sandia Mountains to the east and Petroglyph National Monument to the west. These limitations facilitate reuse of land within the existing city limits and have forced more efficient use of available land around the edges as well.

Because of cheaper land and lower taxes, much of the growth in the metropolitan area is taking place outside of the City of Albuquerque itself. In Rio Rancho to the northwest, the communities east of the mountains, and the incorporated parts of Valencia County population growth rates approach twice that of the city. The primary cities in Valencia County are Los Lunas and Belen, both of which are home to growing industrial complexes and new residential subdivisions. The Mid Region Council of Governments (MRCOG), which includes constituents from throughout the Albuquerque area, was formed to insure that these governments along the middle Rio Grande would be able to meet the needs of their rapidly rising populations. MRCOG's cornerstone project is the New Mexico Rail Runner Express, a commuter rail line that serves the region [4]. Phase I, which runs on existing BNSF Railway tracks between Belen and Bernalillo, began operation in July, 2006, with stops in downtown Albuquerque, Los Ranchos/Journal Center and Sandoval county. Stops will be added later in 2006 to serve Bernalillo, Sandia Pueblo, Albuquerque's airport and the South Valley, Isleta Pueblo, Los Lunas, and Belen. An extension to Santa Fe is planned to start operation in 2008.

In the summer of 2005, ACORN community groups placed a minimum wage initiative on the October 4th ballot. The initiative would have created a city wide minimum wage of $7.50. The measure was defeated by less than one percent. In April of 2006, the Albuquerque City Council and Mayor Martin Chavez worked together to enact a minimum wage ordinance. Under this ordinance, the minimum wage will increase to $6.75 on January 1, 2007 and will eventually be raised to $7.50 by 2009.

[edit] Climate and geography

Albuquerque's climate is usually sunny and dry with low amounts of humidity. The sun shines more than 300 days a year. The city has four distinct seasons, but the heat and the cold are mild compared to the extremes that can be achieved in other parts of the country. Average winter daytime highs are in the upper 40s to upper 50s Fahrenheit while dropping into the mid 20s to mid 30s overnight. The occasional snowfall often melts by the mid-afternoon. Springtime starts off windy and cool. March and April tend to see many days with the wind blowing at 20 to 30 mph. In May, the winds tend to subside, as temperatures start to feel like summer. Summer daytime highs are normally in the upper 80s to mid 90's while dropping into the mid 60s to low 70s overnight. The heat is quite tolerable because of low humidity. Fall sees mild days and cool nights. [5]

The Sandia Mountains - named for the watermelon red the mountains turn at dusk - are the predominant geographical feature visible in Albuquerque. The mountains create a rain shadow, and the city receives very little rain: only averaging 8-9 inches (216 mm) of precipitation a year, most of which occurs during the summer monsoonal season that typically starts in July and usually ends in mid-September. During this period, winds originate more from the south to southeast direction and carry moisture from the Pacific Ocean, the Gulf of California and the Gulf of Mexico into the region. As this moisture moves into the Albuquerque area (and many other areas in the southwest), a combination of orographic uplift from the mountains, and daytime heating from the sun, causes thunderstorms to develop across the region. This is what causes most of the rain in the Albuquerque area. The clouds as well as the mountains often turn spectacular colors in the evening.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 469.5 km² (181.3 mi²). 467.9 km² (180.6 mi²) of it is land and 1.7 km² (0.6 mi²) of it (0.35%) is water. The metro area has over 1,000 square miles developed, and is expanding at a serious pace.

Albuquerque is located at 35°6′39″N, 106°36′36″W (35.110703, -106.609991)GR1.

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[edit] Trivia

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Satellite Image of Albuquerque, New Mexico Courtesy of NASA

The Sandia Mountains which include Sandia Peak are situated to the East of the city. The Sandia Peak Tramway runs from the base of the mountain to the peak, and is the longest single span aerial tramway in the world.

"Sandia" comes from the Spanish for "watermelon". The name is a reference to the brilliant coloration that appears at sunset: bright pink (melon meat) and green (melon rind). The pink is due to large exposures of granidiorite cliffs, and the green is due to large swaths of conifer forests.

The Rio Grande (Spanish for "big river") flows North to South through the city and supports a riparian forest habitat called a "bosque."

Albuquerque has one of the highest altitudes of any major city in the United States. The elevation of the city ranges from 4900 feet (1490 m) above sea level near the Rio Grande (in the Valley) to 6500 feet (1980 m) in the Northeast Heights. At the airport, the elevation is 5352 feet (1631 m) above sea level. The Rio Grande is classified, like the Nile, as an 'exotic' river because it flows through a desert.

Albuquerque also has the largest hot air balloon gathering in the world. It is called the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta and it is held during early October. It was started in 1972 with 19 balloons. It progressed and in 1999 there were 138 balloons that attended. In 2005, more than 700 balloons attended, and it is one of the most photographed events in the world.

Albuquerque is also home to the Gathering of Nations Pow-Wow an international event with over 3,000 indigenous Native American dancers and singers representing more than 500 tribes from Canada and the United States come to Albuquerque annually to participate socially and competitively in April.

[edit] Quadrants

Starting in the 1940s, Albuquerque has expanded greatly in area. During those years of expansion, the planning of the newer areas has considered that people don't walk, they drive. The pre-1940s parts of Albuquerque are quite different in style and scale from the post 1940s areas. These older areas include the North Valley, the South Valley, various neighborhoods near downtown, and Corrales. The newer areas generally feature 4- to 6-lane roads in a one-mile grid. Each one square mile section is divided into four 160-acre neighborhoods by smaller roads set one-half mile between major roads. When driving along major roads in the newer sections of Albuquerque, one sees strip malls, signs, and cinderblock walls. The upside of this planning style is that neighborhoods are shielded from the worst of the noise and lights on the major roads. The downside is that it is virtually impossible to go anywhere from home without driving.

Albuquerque is geographically divided into four quadrants which are officially part of the mailing address. They are NE (northeast), NW (northwest), SE (southeast), and SW (southwest). The north-south dividing line is Central Avenue (the path that Route 66 took through the city) and the east-west dividing line is the BNSF Railway tracks. Although this is technically the division of the city, in casual conversation Albuquerqueans sometimes use the perpendicular interstates I-25 and I-40 to divide the city into quadrants.

Northeast Quadrant

This quadrant has been experiencing a housing expansion since the late 1950s. It abuts the base of the Sandia Mountains and contains portions of the Sandia Heights neighborhoods, which are situated in or near the foothills and are significantly higher, in elevation and price range, than the rest of the city. Running from Central Ave. and the railroad tracks to the Sandia Peak Aerial Tram, this is the largest quadrant both geographically and by population. The University of New Mexico, the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, the Uptown area which includes both Coronado and Winrock malls, Journal Center (with over 2 million square feet of office space), Balloon Fiesta Park, and Albuquerque Academy are all located in this quadrant. Some of the most affluent regions of the city are located here, including Las Lomas-Roma, Netherwood Park, Academy Hills, Tanoan West & East, High Desert, Glenwood Hills, Sandia Heights, North Albuquerque Acres and many residences in the far northeast corner stretching beyond the actual city limits into Bernalillo County; there are even a few mansions on National Forest land that are just over the line into Sandoval County.

Northwest Quadrant

This quadrant contains historic Old Town Albuquerque, which dates back to the 1700s, as well as the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. The area has a mixture of commercial, low-income, middle-income, and some of the most expensive homes in the city. Northwest Albuquerque includes the largest section of downtown, the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park and the Bosque ("woodlands" Cottonwood forest), the Petroglyph National Monument, Double Eagle II Airport, the historic Martineztown neighborhood, and Cottonwood Mall. Additionally, the "North Valley" area, which includes some small ranches and expensive residential homes along the Rio Grande, is located in this quadrant. The City of Albuquerque engulfs the village of Los Ranchos de Albuquerque and borders Corrales in the northwest valley. The rapidly-developing area on the west side of the river is known as the "west side" and consists primarily of traditional residential subdivisions. Here the city proper is bordered on the north by the City of Rio Rancho. This is one of the fastest growing areas in America; most of the suburban communities in the extreme northwest are characterized by endless sprawl and terrible traffic. Average one-way commutes for Westsiders are nearly 67 minutes (citation needed). With two brand new high schools under construction (to relieve overcrowding in Cibola and West Mesa Highs, both with over 5,000 students), the area is experiencing massive growth.

Southeast Quadrant

Eclipse Aviation, Kirtland Air Force Base, Sandia National Laboratories, the University of New Mexico, the Central New Mexico Community College main campus, the Albuquerque International Sunport, University Stadium, Isotopes Park, and University Arena ("The Pit") are located in the Southeast (SE) quadrant.

The Nob Hill and East Downtown (EDo) neighborhoods lie along Central Avenue, the border between the Southeast and Northeast quadrants. The expensive residential developments of Four Hills, Willow Wood, and Ridgecrest are also located in this quadrant. In sharp contrast to these upscale developments, however, some of the most poverty-stricken neighborhoods in the city are also located in Southeast Albuquerque. During the past twenty years, the SE area, mainly around Gibson Blvd. and Central Ave., has become the highest crime area in the city. However, recent developments in the neighborhood such as the Cesar Chavez Community Center, Veterans Memorial, and the World Market have shown that this area is in the beginning stages of reestablishing itself as one of many cultural centers in the city.

Southwest Quadrant

Traditionally consisting of agricultural and rural areas, the Southwest quadrant is often referred to as the "South Valley". Although the city limits of Albuquerque do not include all of the area, the South Valley is considered to extend all the way to the Isleta Indian Reservation. This includes the old communities of Kinney, Los Padillas, Mountainview, and Pajarito. The south end of downtown Albuquerque and the Bosque ("woodlands" cottonwood forest), the historic Barelas neighborhood, the National Hispanic Cultural Center, the Rio Grande Zoo, and Tingley Beach are also located here.

The southwest area is currently undergoing rapid and controversial development, including large retail stores and quickly-built subdivisions.

[edit] Points of interest

[edit] Historic landmarks

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The Pueblo Deco style KiMo Theater is one of Albuquerque's best-known landmarks.
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Albuquerque's skyline as seen from the southeast.

10 Tallest Buildings in Albuquerque

Rank Name Height Floors
1 Bank of Albuquerque Tower 107 m / 351 ft 22
2 Hyatt Regency Albuquerque 78 m / 256 ft 21
3 Compass Bank Building 73 m / 238 ft 18
4 Albuquerque Petroleum Building 72 m / 235 ft 15
5 Bank of the West Tower 65 m / 213 ft 17
6 Gold Building 62 m / 203 ft 14
7 Dennis Chavez Federal Building 60 m / 197 ft 13
8 PNM Building 56 m / 184 ft 12
9 Simms Building 55 m / 180 ft 13
10 Pete V. Domenici U.S. Courthouse 54 m / 167 ft 7

[edit] Culture, technology, and popular culture

  • A distinctive architecture that celebrates the Pueblo tradition characterizes many buildings in the city as well as the entire campus of the University of New Mexico. However, this style is far more prevalent in Santa Fe than Albuquerque.
  • In an episode of The Simpsons, Homer discovers that the local minor-league baseball team, the Springfield Isotopes, is threatening to relocate to Albuquerque. (Partly due to this episode, and partly due to New Mexico being a major center of nuclear technology research, Albuquerque's minor-league baseball team is named the Albuquerque Isotopes.)
  • Tricklock Company is Albuquerque's only international touring theatre company. Every January, Tricklock hosts the Revolutions International Theatre Festival, which brings in performers from around the world.
  • The MIND Institute is a non-profit organization, national in scope, with headquarters in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The organization's mission is to explore the mind and brain in order to enhance the lives of men, women and children with mental illness. To that end, The MIND Institute scientists advance and apply neuroimaging technologies to bridge emerging frontiers of basic neurosciences and their clinical applications. The Institute draws on national expertise to define and validate its scientific direction by partnering with The University of New Mexico, Harvard University, University of Minnesota, University of Iowa and Los Alamos National Laboratory.
  • The American Shakespeare Project is a local Shakespearean community theater company which is devoted to staging productions of Shakespeare's plays (and sometimes those of his contemporaries) with heavy emphasis on the textual authority of the First Folio.
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Balloons at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
  • Albuquerque lies at the center of the New Mexico Technology Corridor, a band of high-tech private companies and government institutions along the Rio Grande. Larger institutions whose employees contribute to the population are numerous and include Sandia National Laboratories, Kirtland Air Force Base, and the attendant contracting companies which bring highly educated workers to a somewhat isolated region. Intel operates a large semiconductor factory or "fab" just outside the city boundaries of neighboring Rio Rancho, New Mexico, in Sandoval County, New Mexico, with its attendant large-capital investment.
  • A soap-opera in Brazil, "Bang Bang", had the main story located in the Albuquerque of the 1880s.
  • Although not a real school in the Albuquerque area, Disney Channel's Original Movie, or DCOM, as it's popularly known, High School Musical's East High School, currently in Salt Lake City, Utah, was set here. After the success of the movie, tweens ages 9-14 and teens upward from there, wanted to see the school, but sadly learned that the school's location was not in Albuquerque, as seen in Chapter 2 of the movie.

[edit] Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 448,607 people, 183,236 households, and 112,690 families residing in the city. The population density was 958.9/km² (2,483.4/mi²). There were 198,465 housing units at an average density of 424.2/km² (1,098.7/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 71.59% White, 3.09% Black or African American, 3.89% Native American, 2.24% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 14.78% from other races, and 4.31% from two or more races. 39.92% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 183,236 households out of which 30.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.6% were married couples living together, 12.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.5% were non-families. 30.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.5% under the age of 18, 10.6% from 18 to 24, 30.9% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 12.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 94.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $38,272, and the median income for a family was $46,979. Males had a median income of $34,208 versus $26,397 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,884. About 10.0% of families and 13.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.4% of those under age 18 and 8.5% of those age 65 or over.

[edit] Educational institutions

Colleges and Universities

Middle Schools

High Schools

[edit] Sports

ClubSportLeagueVenue
Albuquerque Isotopes Baseball AAA PCL affiliated with the Florida Marlins Isotopes Park
Albuquerque Thunderbirds Basketball NBA D-League Tingley Coliseum
New Mexico Scorpions AA Minor League Ice Hockey CHL Santa Ana Star Center

[edit] Transportation

Aiports

Rail

Interstate highways

Local transit

[edit] Media

Albuquerque is a media hub for much of New Mexico. These organizations are based in or have a significant presence in Albuquerque:

[edit] Newspapers

[edit] Radio Stations

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[edit] Television

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"Project for Excellence in Journalism" rating of local TV news http://www.journalism.org/resources/research/reports/localTV/2002/Local_TV_2002_study.pdf

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[edit] Trivia

  • In several Bugs Bunny cartoons, where Bugs would end up someplace that he didn't intend to be, he would always claim that "he made a wrong turn at Albuquerque".
  • In the episode of The Simpsons titled Hungry Hungry Homer, the mayor of Albuquerque attempts to buy the Springfield Isotopes baseball team. When this fails, the mayor asks his secretary to call the Dallas Cowboys and when she points out that they play football and not baseball, he replies 'They'll play what I tell them to play. For I am the mayor of Albuquerque!'
  • In February 1992, Stella Liebeck, a 79-year-old woman from Albuquerque, ordered coffee from the drive-through of a local McDonald's restaurant on Central Avenue across from UNM. She then spilled the coffee on her lap while the car was parked, causing third-degree burns. She spent eight days in the hospital, where she received skin grafts. Her medical expenses for the trip were $11,000. Liebeck had originally requested that McDonald's, who had been forewarned on their temperature of their coffee more than a dozen times previously, pay for her medical expenses. However, McDonald's fought the suit, but were found guilty of negligence and failure to adhere to safety standards. In the famous McDonald's coffee case, the jury awarded $2.9 million, but the judge only required the restaurant to pay $640,000.
  • Highland, the fictional home town of Beavis and Butt-head, is based on Albuquerque, the hometown of the show's creator, Mike Judge. While there is a Highland High School in Albuquerque, Judge attended St. Pius X, a private school.
  • In October 2001, an Albuquerque police officer and his civilian pilot made national news by landing their OH-58 Kiowa helicopter at the West Side Krispy Kreme outlet to pick up doughnuts.
  • In April 2005, the so-called "runaway bride" Jennifer Wilbanks called police from an Albuquerque convenience store, ending a nationwide search and prompting a national media frenzy.
  • Vivian Vance, who played the character of Ethel Mertz on the television show, I Love Lucy, always claimed Albuquerque as her home town, even though she was born in Cherryvale, Kansas. Vivian was a founding member of the Albuquerque Little Theatre. In fact the character of Ethel was noted as having been born in Albuquerque, and her show business education there was mentioned in episode #113, Ethel's Home Town.
  • In August 2005, Albuquerque hosted the largest, most diverse poetry festival in the world at the 2005 National Poetry Slam (http://www.nps2005.org). 75 Teams of up to 5 poets competed over 4 days in a festival that drew 2,400 for a poetry event and 18-22,000 for the week. The home team won the title, which was the first time that has happened at Nationals since 1992.
  • The city is named after the Duke of Alburquerque, thus its nickname, "The Duke City." There are several conflicting historical theories and local legends about how the first "r" was lost.
  • There are also several different theories of what the duke's name originally meant. An article by local columnist Jim Belshaw of the Albuquerque Journal details a few of these. It might be Latin for "White Oaks", Albe Querqus. It might be Arabic: Abu al-Qurq, "cork," or al-burquq, "the plum." Translation website Babelfish confirms the Spanish word for "apricot" is albaricoque.
  • On his 1999 album, Running with Scissors, "Weird Al" Yankovic tells a fictional story about himself in a song titled "Albuquerque". Early in the song, Yankovic travels to Albuquerque, and the events of the rest of the song take place in the city. As the song is 11 minutes and 25 seconds long (the longest Yankovic has recorded to date), Yankovic has performed the song in concert only once--at a show in Albuquerque, naturally. [6]
  • "Bang Bang", a Brazilian soap-opera was located in the Albuquerque of the 1880s. The main characters were Ben Silver and Diana Bullock.
  • Much of the Movie Beerfest, made by the comedy team Broken Lizard, was filmed at the Press Club in Albuquerque.

[edit] Sister cities

Albuquerque has eight sister cities, as designated by Sister Cities International, Inc. (SCI):

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Albuquerque, New Mexico Image:Flag of New Mexico.svg
Metropolitan area
North Valley | Rio Rancho | South Valley
Belen | Bernalillo | Carnuel | Corrales | Isleta Village Proper | Los Lunas | Los Ranchos de Albuquerque | Santa Ana Pueblo


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Regions Central New Mexico | Eastern New Mexico | Llano Estacado | Northern New Mexico | Sangre de Cristo Mountains | Southwestern New Mexico
Cities Albuquerque | Las Cruces | Rio Rancho | Roswell | Santa Fe
Towns Alamogordo | Artesia | Belen | Carlsbad | Clovis | Deming | Española | Farmington | Gallup | Grants | Hobbs | Las Vegas | Lovington | Los Alamos |
Los Lunas | Portales | Raton | Ruidoso | Silver City | Socorro | Taos | Truth or Consequences | Tucumcari
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Counties Bernalillo | Catron | Chaves | Cibola | Colfax | Curry | De Baca | Doña Ana | Eddy | Grant | Guadalupe | Harding | Hidalgo | Lea | Lincoln | Los Alamos | Luna | McKinley |
Mora | Otero | Quay | Rio Arriba | Roosevelt | San Juan | San Miguel | Sandoval | Santa Fe | Sierra | Socorro | Taos | Torrance | Union | Valencia
Colleges Central New Mexico Community College | College of Santa Fe | College of the Southwest | Eastern New Mexico University | New Mexico Highlands University |
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology | New Mexico Military Institute | New Mexico State University | St. John's College, Santa Fe |
University of New Mexico | Western New Mexico University


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