Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Baca Drafts Veterans In Downtown Revival.(Editorial Page)


All roads lead Downtown at least as long as Jim Baca surveys Civic Plaza from the Mayor's Office.

Given that Downtown redevelopment tops the mayor's agenda, it's understandable there would be a strong preference for steering projects to the district or keeping existing operations from moving elsewhere.

But this administration takes it beyond a preference to overwhelming mandate. As in:

*Pushing for a new baseball stadium Downtown, regardless of opposition from residents living near the site, and regardless of the potential of the existing stadium located in a complex of sports facilities.

*Threatening to hold hostage a federal office for disabled and elderly veterans, unless the feds find an equivalent number of jobs to shuffle Downtown. …

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