Civic Plaza, Albuquerque

Looks pretty good a ground level even though it’s turned out to be a solar dog roaster. Card is postmarked 1980 which is pretty close of the end of the Decade of Destruction, as I call it, for Downtown. The decade that gave us a fascist revival convention center architecture, the weird overpass the goes from MLK right into the Convention Center parking lot, cutting off several blocks of first street from any access at all, the destruction of hundred of thousand of square feet of older buildings including important historic ones like the Franciscan and the Alvarado. The final insult was building Civic Plaza and closing 4th street for 5 blocks, killing any north-south traffic and a major route through downtown and morally damaging neighborhoods like Barelas, making then afterthoughts in the psychic landscape of the area.

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