On the virtue of our pub­lic works


We of­ten marvel at the im­pact, in­flu­ence, and world-wide draw Santa Fe has for a town of un­der 100,000 pop­u­la­tion. While fac­ing sim­i­lar grow­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties as other ma­jor U.S. cities, Santa Fe is in po­si­tion to take the lessons learned of big­ger cities and tai­lor to our unique lo­cal needs. We en­cour­age you to vote Tues­day, March 6, for our next leader who will con­tinue to shape our city.

The el­e­ments of planned ur­ban re­newal sur­round our city. Pub­lic in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ments have proven to el­e­vate qual­ity of life, bridge com­mu­ni­ties, and in­crease neigh­bor­hood val­ues. The Arts and Cre­ativ­ity Cen­ter off Siler Road, Gen­oveva Chavez Com­mu­nity Cen­ter on the south side, and the trans­for­ma­tion of our mu­nic­i­pal air­port to a re­gional air­port are hall­marks of a cen­turies-old town em­brac­ing and plan­ning for its fu­ture wisely. The net­work of 300-plus miles of bike and pedes­trian trails is a tes­ta­ment to a city con­nected through the vast nat­u­ral re­sources around us. The re­cently com­pleted Ace­quia Trail Un­der­pass at the in­ter­sec­tion of St. Fran­cis Drive and Cer­ril­los Road­was a great solution that safely con­nects seg­ments of the Ace­quia Trail in the Santa Fe Rai­l­yard, which is part of the Rail Trail to Lamy.

We ap­plaud the city’s Saint Michael’s Over­lay zone, open­ing up mod­ern de­vel­op­ment potential projects to stim­u­late the pri­vate sec­tor to in­vest wisely and ef­fec­tively in Santa Fe’s planned rede­vel­op­ment cor­ri­dor. We be­lieve we still have the chance to re­bal­ance our den­sity and de­vel­op­ment through­out the city, a short­en­ing win­dow in time avail­able to pre­vent the clog of high­way and street traf­fic that al­ready plagues so many other grow­ing cities.

Let’s trans­form NIMBYism (not in my back yard) to YIMBYism (yes inmy back yard) by let­ting your city rep­re­sen­ta­tives know the pos­i­tive changes you would like to see for Santa Fe and in your neigh­bor­hood. In­stead of neigh­bors try­ing to pre­vent growth, help di­rect it. In look­ing at the trend­ing South Capi­tol and Agua Fria neigh­bor­hoods, the im­pact and in­flu­ence of the pub­lic and sub­se­quent pri­vate in­vest­ment in the re­make of the Rai­l­yard dis­trict is para­mount and car­ries a strong con­tin­ued call to ac­tion.

“When Descartes Labs was look­ing for a lo­ca­tion for our first head­quar­ters in Santa Fe,” com­pany CEO Mark John­son said, “we chose the Rai­l­yard be­cause of its cen­tral lo­ca­tion, it’s pro­gres­sive de­sign, and mod­ern ap­proach to com­bin­ing live, work, and play in one area. How­ever, the vi­sion of the Rai­l­yard isn’t yet com­plete— there are va­cant store­fronts that need to be filled. That’s one of the rea­sons why it’s so im­por­tant to elect a strong, vi­sion­ary mayor in this elec­tion.”

We bring a new look to real es­tate to help in­te­grate you within our com­mu­nity. A pro­found love and knowl­edge of Santa Fe com­bined with a fresh out­look, vi­tal­ity, ex­pe­ri­ence, lo­cal in­sight, and fun make Penelope (505-690-3751, penelope.vasquez@ sothe­byshomes.com) and Drew (505-4709194, drew.lam­prich@sothe­byshomes.com) your trusted real-es­tate ad­vi­sors.

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