Equity and Inclusion Draft Recommendations Ready for Review

Continuing with our roll-out of sections of the draft report on potential improvements along Albuquerque’s historic Central Avenue Corridor, today’s release considers ways to increase social equity and inclusion.

While Albuquerque’s regional economy grew $4 billion between 2010 and 2015, an additional 19,000 people or so entered into poverty. While about 19% of Albuquerque residents are at or below the poverty line, that percentage grows close to 50% within some of the neighborhoods along Central Avenue. This chapter considers strategies to increase social equity and inclusion within Albuquerque’s transit-oriented developments.

Walkable urban places with access to rapid transit reduce the cost of living for residents and increase access to jobs. Albuquerque residents spend $2.4 billion annually on household transportation, or $72 billion over 30-years. The potential exists for bus rapid transit to result in $1 billion in household savings over its first decade of operation, thanks to increased options for transit, biking, and walking. Savings on household transportation costs coupled with improved jobs access, attracting and retaining jobs-near-transit, and workforce development could significantly reduce the number of people in poverty along Central Avenue.

This chapter of the action plan begins with a review of current initiatives can give voice and choice to communities along the bus rapid transit corridor. It identifies barriers to social equity and tools to deal with these challenges. Big topics include fears of gentrification, racial disparities, the need for affordable housing & affordable transportation, and a transportation management association to link people to jobs. The section wraps up with the issue of public trust, and ways to strengthen the community’s voice in local decisions and choice about the wellbeing of the neighborhood.

Download and review the draft:

Equity and Inclusion
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Furthermore, we’ve now got some additional supporting documents on this important topic:

Albuquerque Urban Opportunity Agenda Strategies (.pdf) 
Produced by the Center for Neighborhood Technology, May 2017
A set of core strategies can reduce Albuquerque’s high rates of persistent poverty by 20-25% with a focus on place-based, sustainable solutions. These strategies reduce household expenses and increase incomes through smarter community investments, dubbed an “Urban Opportunity Agenda.”

Energy & Broadband Opportunities to Support Central Corridor Development (.pdf) 
Produced by The DeGannes Consulting Group, May 2017
With digital internet and energy sector market transformations–changes based on “the grid of things”—becoming fundamental for economic development, robust internet and energy infrastructure access for all City residents, especially the disadvantaged, are essential ingredients for building a labor force with digital literacy, reducing household cost of living and building local wealth.

Next Steps

While your input and feedback is welcome anytime on the comment form here on the website, we invite you to join us in person for a community focus group on issues and opportunities related specifically to equity and inclusion in Albuquerque’s Central Ave Corridor:

Community Focus Group 
Opportunities for Equity and Inclusion on Central Avenue

Tuesday, October 17, 10:00 am

Mid-Region Council of Governments

809 Copper Ave NW

Albuquerque, NM 87102