Fly Santa Fe, to­ward an ‘aerotropo­lis’


We rec­om­mend get­ting to know Dr. John Kasarda’s in­sights into the role of the “aerotropo­lis”— an air­port-cen­tered me­trop­o­lis — in healthy, sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment. Here’s a brief in­tro­duc­tion to his find­ings: “The real question is not whether Aerotropolises will evolve around ma­jor air­ports (they surely will). It’s whether they will for­mand grow in an in­tel­li­gent man­ner, min­i­miz­ing prob­lems and bring­ing about the great­est re­turns to the air­port, its users, busi­nesses, sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties, and the larger re­gion it serves.”

Kasarda con­tin­ues, “The rapid ex­pan­sion of air­port-linked com­mer­cial fa­cil­i­ties is mak­ing to­day’s air gate­ways an­chors of 21st-cen­tury metropoli­tan de­vel­op­ment where dis­tant trav­el­ers and lo­cals alike can con­duct busi­ness, ex­change knowl­edge, shop, eat, sleep, and be en­ter­tained with­out go­ing more than 15 min­utes from the air­port. This func­tional and spa­tial evo­lu­tion is trans­form­ing many city air­ports into air­port cities.”

Clus­tered de­vel­op­ments, as op­posed to strip malls, are a con­cept syn­ony­mous with the “walk to the Plaza” lifestyle of old-time Santa Fe, when a res­i­dent of Casa Solana, for ex­am­ple, walked along W. Alameda to a job at Sears down­town.

Cast­ing the net around fre­quent des­ti­na­tions for Santa Feans, Dal­las and Phoenix are es­tab­lished aerotropo­lis cities and Den­ver is a fast-emerg­ing one— its stun­ning new air­port her­alds Den­ver as the gate­way to the Rock­ies and re-es­tab­lishes a new mul­ti­pur­pose satel­lite hub for res­i­den­tial, cul­tural, and com­mer­cial ac­tiv­i­ties.

Air­ports, the new metro hubs, spur de­vel­op­ment just as high­ways de­fined cities in the 20th cen­tury. Look­ing fur­ther back, this par­al­lels the in­flu­ence of rail­roads in the 19th and sea­ports in the 18th cen­tury.

This brings us di­rectly to the North­ern New Mex­ico Air Al­liance, the mis­sion of which states: “Build­ing an econ­omy for all Santa Feans con­tin­ues to be one of our top pri­or­i­ties— and daily ser­vice through­out theWestern re­gion is central to that ef­fort. From the film in­dus­try to tourism and tech­nol­ogy, ev­ery sec­tor stands to ben­e­fit,” said Santa Fe mayor Javier Gon­za­les in a state­ment. “We’ve plugged Santa Fe into cities up and down theWest Coast while at the same time adding a part­ner in Phoenix, that is a vi­brant city with mil­lions of peo­ple and many at­trac­tions as a desti­na­tion for north­ern New Mex­i­cans.”

Cur­rent part­ners in NNMAA in­clude Tourism Santa Fe, Santa Fe Cham­ber, Santa Fe County, Taos Ski Val­ley, and Angel Fire Re­sort.

The Santa Fe As­so­ci­a­tion of Re­al­tors, in con­junc­tion with Me­owWolf and hosted in the Pri­vate Jet Cen­ter at Santa Fe Air­port, is hold­ing a June 24 fundrais­ing event that in­cludes en­ter­tain­ment and lots of fun. Plans are in the works for an air­port event fea­tur­ing the Santa Fe Sym­phony.

Now, pon­der this statis­tic, and weigh in the ad­van­tages of ease of ac­cess and eco­nom­i­cal park­ing at our air­port. The on­time rate is the same as Albuquerque and the can­cel­la­tion rate is within 1 per­cent of Albuquerque. Eco­nomic stud­ies show that the Santa Fe Air­port helps sup­port 680 jobs, while 1,480 ad­di­tional jobs are lost in our com­mu­nity due to un­der-uti­liza­tion of our air­port.

Santa Fe is con­sid­ered a first-choice travel goal, the sec­ond choice be­ing a Euro­pean desti­na­tion. Con­sider the Aerop­uerto de Mur­cia – San Javier – serv­ing south­east­ern Spain and voted by pas­sen­gers as the best small Euro­pean air­port in Air­port Ser­vice Qual­ity (ASQ) Awards, and named by Air­ports Coun­cil In­ter­na­tional as the best in Europe in the cat­e­gory of fewer than 2 mil­lion of pas­sen­gers per year in 2014 and 2016. Santa Fe han­dled 154,000 pas­sen­gers in 2016 and could draw 1.3M pas­sen­gers (fac­tor­ing in those lost to Albuquerque’s Sun­port).

Part of the city’s mas­ter plan for our air­port is to pro­vide a new air­port en­trance road ex­tend­ing west from 599. In the mean­time, a question to all Santa Feans: What do you think of the car mor­tu­ary lead­ing up to the air­port?

As a com­mu­nity, let’s not cut our noses off to spite our faces (as our moms would say). Let’s get down to re­mov­ing old scars and be proud to FLY SANTA FE! We urge you to sup­port and use your lo­cal air­port. Please check out these web­sites for more in­for­ma­tion:

fly­ (in­cludes flight in­for­ma­tion); santafecham­;

We bring a new look to real es­tate to help in­te­grate you within our com­mu­nity. A pro­found love and knowl­edge of Santa Fe com­bine with a fresh out­look, vi­tal­ity, ex­pe­ri­ence, lo­cal in­sight and fun make Pene­lope Vasquez and Drew Lamprich your trusted real-es­tate ad­vi­sors. Con­tact Pene­lope at 505-690-3751 (pene­[email protected]­ and Drew at 505-470-9194 ([email protected]­

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