Preservation Efforts Move Slowly on Route 66

Restoration and preservation of historic sites along Route 66 are slow going in Albuquerque.

"If the city goes ahead with its plans to purchase or condemn the Route 66-era motel on Central Avenue and restore it as a tourist destination, it could be a good long while before there are rooms at the inn."

"At least, that's judging by the city's record of trying to do something similar with the historic De Anza Motor Lodge on Central Avenue east of Nob Hill."

"The city bought the De Anza in 2003 from a private owner, in response to a neighborhood uproar that arose when the Albertsons grocery chain proposed to replace the old motel with a drug and liquor store."

"At the time, the city plan was to rehabilitate the property, possibly as a boutique motel, to serve as a catalyst for revitalizing the blighted area."

"But nearly five years later, the property remains fenced and boarded and little has changed in the neighborhood."

Full Story: Albuquerque landmarks along Route 66 face slow process to preservation

Comments

Book cover of the Guide to Graduate Planning Programs 4th Edition

Thinking about Grad School?

New! 4th Edition of the Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs just released.
Starting at $24.95

Prepare for the AICP Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $209
Woman wearing city map tote bag

City Shoulder Totes - New Cities Added!

Durable CityFabric© shoulder tote bags available from 7 different cities.
$22.00
poster

A Short History of America

From comic book artist Robert Crumb, poster shows how the built environment has changed throughout the decades.
$14.95