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La placita restaurant dining rooms

It is probably less than 4,500 feet “door-to-door” from 1514 Silver SW to the La Placita.  There were other restaurants serving the Huning Castle neighborhood in 1930 when the neighborhood was getting started, but the La Placita Dining Rooms were probably the oldest and largest.   The old Armijo house (built in 1706), facing on the old Old Town Square, was converted from being an old house to an old restaurant, or more specifically, dining rooms.

In time, even Duncan Hines approved it.  It is a myth that Duncan Hines approved any restaurant that gave him free food, he didn’t.

La Placita kiva in fall and in winter

La Placita kiva in fall and in winter

Eating Mexican food, or more properly New Mexican food, in any place that doesn’t have two-foot thick ancient adobe walls, huge thick vigas, brick and/or saltillo tile floors, a kiva fireplace that is actually used, and a bit of art on the walls, is wrong, or probably wrong.  It is a worse offense than saying “neither”, when you are asked by the server “red or green?”  It’s like having sopapillas without honey.

A bit of history

A bit of history

“Atmosphere” is such a misnomer.  “La Placita” means “the square, the place where the community meets”, and like LOCATION, the place is everything.  Patio dining is everything too, and that’s why a restaurant without outdoor eating is just a dining room at best.  A good restaurant needs dining rooms, plural, hence the tree.  OK, the tree is obviously older than the dining room, so the “tree” dining room was obviously once a patio, an inner courtyard, a safe place offering quiet and serenity.  That’s what makes the La Placita timeless and famous, it’s removed from the hustle and bustle of Route 66 and the traffic and often the tourists.  It’s a neighborhood restaurant, no more than a friendly, fairly short walk away.

The famous dining room tree at La Placita in Albuquerque's Old Town

The famous dining room tree at La Placita in Albuquerque’s Old Town

Oh sure, there are lots of more modern, more plastic-fantastic, more novel places to eat New Mexican food.  Some other places have more color, more noise, even more artwork maybe.  But La Placita, for over 80 years, has set the tone and the style for stylish eating in Albuquerque; meaning “stylish” your way, not the New York way, Paris way, or London way.   Those other cities are so way out of town, and so far away from the casual dining opportunities in Albuquerque.  It’s not just a life style, it is more a tradition.

Another tradition at the La Placita restaurant site is the Indian jewelry vendor market.  Crafts men and crafts women sit under the Placita’s portico with their wares spread out on a blanket in front of them.  Each space is allotted by lottery.  It is the only space and place where the traditional “open and free” “Indian Market” method of marketing still exists on a daily basis.

A free market place in Albuquerque

A free market place in Albuquerque

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Green freeze

Not every community has seasons, at least not four seasons.  Albuquerque does.  New Mexico does.  The Huning Castle neighborhood does.

All the leaves are green, and the sky is grey.
– Apologies to California Dreamin’

So, autumn begins on September 23, in 2014.   You might think that this date might bring the first day of freezing weather.  If you live in Huning Castle, in Albuquerque, you would be wrong, not “wrong”, but wrong about the weather facts.

The fact is that the first freeze, the one that brings down the leaves, was on November 12th this year, in 2014.  1514 Silver SW has a mulberry tree out front, a fruitless mulberry, the mulberry without the mulberries.

When the cold comes, the leaves drop.  When the cold comes early and hard the leaves shower down like a storm, like a carpet, like green snow maybe; not like a green felt jungle.

A night's freeze leaves leaves

A night’s freeze leaves leaves

We do the “green thing”.  We recycle the leaves.  We mulch them and bag the mulch.  We used to bag the leaves and someone would take them away to feed their sheep.  In other years a neighborhood resident took our leaves to built up his backyard soil.  That’s life in the ‘hood here, sharing, helping, keeping things green.

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Halloween in Huning

How “All Hallows’ Evening,” evolved into the great American candy fest is anyone’s guess.  But Halloween in the Huning Castle neighborhood is not just about candy, costumes, and candles in pumpkins.  It is so much more.

Huning Castle - large cat

Huning Castle – large cat

Maybe it is more about the myth that the neighborhood was built on a swamp that makes the place attractively spooky – but the neighborhood is not spooky; it feels friendly and safe, safe for families and kids.

I guess it goes back to the great depression.  Money was scarce in Albuquerque back then, in many or most neighborhoods.  There was little money for food, much less candy and costumes and candles in pumpkins.  Then, it was more the saints that mattered, the observing and the remembering of the dead, the departed, those that went before.

Another Huning spider

Another Huning spider

Trick or treating can be a real bummer in a poor neighborhood.  People there might pass out pennies, not dimes – certainly not dollars.  One might get a cookie, not real “store bought” candy.  A door might not even open when you knock, even when it is your neighbor next door .  There is no name for “Scrooge” at Halloween, that’s what “Tricks” are for, if one is tricky.

It wasn’t too tricky to figure out that in the Huning Castle neighborhood most people seemed to be doing better.  Doors opened there.  People could afford pumpkins and candles and candy and were happy to share, there.  Word spread.  Stories were told at recess in school, at family meals; Huning Castle became the talk of the town; people seemed almost like saints there, kind and generous maybe.

Happy in Huning

Happy in Huning

They came by streetcars back then.  Some children just walked.  The parents or grand-parents came too.  Huning Castle neighborhood residents didn’t mind, it was a model community and sharing was a good model of behavior.  Anyway, the kids seemed to be having so much fun and that too made the elders a bit happy.

Now Halloween in Huning is often a multi-generation tradition.  Kids come from all over Albuquerque.  Parents bring groups in that operate candy command centers out of RV’s.  Older kids without costumes hold out their bags, it’s a tradition of sorts.

Costumes are more affordable now, and the Huning neighborhood certainly gets and sees their share.  Pumpkins are plentiful.  Candles have lost favor, string lights of ghosts and goblins are the new fare, it’s only fair.

The Sheila Garcia house at Halloween

The Sheila Garcia house at Halloween

So really, it IS quite, “over the top.”  The weather is almost always perfect.  People stand patiently in line at the “better” houses.  Conversation flows.  There is no “edge” to the the madness, no tricks, no trickery.  It’s more like a celebration of life than an eve for the dead.

And on All Saints Day, November 1st, the only dead thing around are the occasional wrappers from all ready eaten candy.   It’s a small price to pay for a free party this good.


huning castle harvest festival

HUNING CASTLE Neighborhood
albuquerque, New mexico

October 26, 2014


The fall (autumn) season in the Huning Castle neighborhood is marked by the overflights of cranes returning to sites such as Bosque Del Apache, by fall leaves and fall colors, by the bounty of backyard and side-yard gardens, and (for many) by the harvest of homegrown fruit from neighborhood trees.  The end of October also brings Halloween and the traditions of costumes and sharing.  The neighborhood celebrates all of this annually with a neighborhood get-together and outing at the Forest Park oval.

The event is officially supported and sanctioned by the Huning Castle Neighborhood Association (HCNA) for the benefit and enjoyment of all neighborhood residents.  Festivities begin about 2:00 PM and are often over by 4:00.  Most residents walk to Forest Park, often in the company of neighbors or friends.

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day of the tread

albuquerque, New mexico

October 26, 2014


The Day of the Tread bicycle ride and walk / run  is held on Sunday, October 26, 2014 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  The course begins and ends at the Albuquerque Civic Center downtown.  Event organizers and sponsors do not make a map of the route publicly available.

This year the walk / run route coursed through the Huning Castle neighborhood on both Park Avenue and on Los Alamos, where walkers walked by the “Breaking Bad house”.

The “Day of the Tread” theme is a derivation on the “Day of the Dead” observances that are often associated with the similar Anglo calender event of Halloween.  Many of the bicyclists, runners, and walkers wear Day of the Dead or Halloween themed costumes.

location, location, location

It is 250 feet from 1514 Silver SW to the Park Avenue side of Oxnard Park where the Day of the Tread run / walk can be observed.  It is 1.2 miles (1,850 meters) “door to door” from 1514 Silver SW to the Start Line / Finish Line of the Day of the Tread events.

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rio grande cup regatta

albuquerque, New mexico

October 26, 2014


The Rio Grande Cup Regatta is held at the Tingley Beach Model Boat Pond on Sunday, October 26, 2014.  It is hosted by the Duke City Model Yacht Club.

location, location, location

It is about 4,000 feet (3/4 mile) from 1514 Silver SW to the Model Boat Pond at Tingley Park.  The Model Boat Pond is the pond furthest north, of the four ponds of Tingley.

Tingley Park Model Boat Pond - Photograph by Bill Klein

Tingley Park Model Boat Pond – Photograph by Bill Klein


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sale of the century

albuquerque, New mexico

October 24 – 25, 2014

Friday, saturday

Distinctions blur between an advertised “Estate Sale”, “Estate Auction”, and “Garage Sale” (“Tag Sale”, for those from the east).  It’s often more about form, than stuff.

the estate auction

We’ve all seen the ads for Estate Auctions that offer Picassos, jewelry, guns, cars, European furniture, cut crystal, art, pianos, oriental rugs, lead glass lamps, signed sports memorabilia, billiard tables, and mid-century modern collectible pieces –  maybe even a Van Gogh or two.  These “auctions” are usually held in a vacant 5,000 square foot house (“mansion”), that it just so happens is also for sale.

Of course these “sales” have nothing to do with the possessions of the owners who dwell (dwelled) there.  All the stuff is trucked in, the cars are trucked in, everything is carefully setup and staged.  The event is like Hollywood viral.  It appeals to Hollywood tastes and Hollywood values and the Hollywood illusion that you can get it all if you just have enough money.  One of these “auctions” is one too many – they are not, “the real deal.”

the garage sale

The typical Garage Sale is a typical affair.  Worn clothes, worn tools, worn or worn out goods that were bought as mistakes to begin with mark the typical wares and discards of the national penchant of consumerism.  Only economic need keeps most garage sale stuff from being donated to a thrift store; that, and the thrift of recycling or repurposing stuff from someone that doesn’t need it to someone that does, with the thrill of, “money changing hands” as the process.  Been there, done that.  Who hasn’t?

the estate sale

The Estate Sale is supposed to be different.  The theory is someone actually died and left an estate, not just real estate.  The reality is that (like estate auctions) much of the stuff is trucked in, it is the flotsam and jetsam and detritus of earlier estate sales where less than everything was sold, and the company selling the stuff is not inclined to give anything away, ever.


Peggy Cavett-Walden was just “Peggy” to her friends.  She lived in the Huning Castle neighborhood.  She lived in her house at 1605 Park Avenue, a two-story house on a double lot.  She was from Austin originally, she was an architect.  She was also an artist, a teacher, a writer, a researcher, a story-teller, a traveler, a conversationalist, and most importantly perhaps, a philanthropist.

She inherited a 12 foot tall four-poster bed once used in the family home in New Orleans.  It required a house with at least a 14 foot bedroom ceiling.  She designed and had built a semi-attached “Cassita” on her double lot just to accom0date this bed.  That was Peggy.  That was just one, “Peggy story.”

About the same time as she built her “bed house”, she also built a storage room (not a “shed”) for her Snow Babies collection and a few other collections she had.  She had maybe 1,000 Snow Babies, all different, most in the original boxes.

Peggy was never a mother, never had children.  She did quarter and entertain hundreds of exchange students during her life.  They were her children perhaps, perhaps they were more like just friends.  Peggy wrote lots of letters.

Peggy’s collections

Peggy was not just a consumer, she was a collector.  Peggy didn’t buy just one or two of something, she bought one or two dozen.  Peggy loved to cook and to entertain and to show off her collections.  If a decorative plate or platter was good enough for her favorite guest, it was good enough for every guest, so she did not buy one piece or one place-setting, she would buy a whole set.

Every party was different, every dinner party, every buffet.  Every time a new collection would emerge and be put on display.  Peggy would talk, everyone else most likely would listen.

Christmas was a favorite theme of Peggy.  She also loved Easter, the bunnies and all, mostly.  She also loved China; the country, the porcelaine, the plates – everything China.  She collected Kimonos.

Her wooden jumping jacks ornament collection was world class.  She had maybe 1,000 of them, all different, maybe less, maybe more.  She collected Chinese roof tiles, the collectible ones with the animal motifs.  She had a stuffed animal cat, not a real one.  It lived in the living room and always looked real, always curled up near her over-stuffed divan.

the sale of the century

Not all “garage sales” or estate sales in the Huning Castle neighborhood are as grand or as interesting as the sale at Peggy’s.  When Peggy died she left her stuff, her collections, to the financial benefit of the Albuquerque Community Foundation.  Just about Everything.

An estate sale company was retained, it took ten people two weeks just to price all the stuff.  Eight or ten hour days, and that was just for the Estate Sale “Act 1“.  A picture is worth a thousand words, it is said.  A thousand pictures of the sale items would leave anyone speechless.  Act 1 is over now, the marked prices were fair, sometimes a real deal.  Hundreds walked away with a, “piece of Peggy,” a piece of her life, a garage sale find.  Sometimes some new stuff (new to you) can make life better, and can help the community too.  Maybe two-thirds of the Act 1 merchandise wasn’t sold.  Part will be there for Act 2, part was given away to other charities.   Peggy wanted it this way, and the neighborhood and Albuquerque are richer for it.

location, location, location

It is about 400 feet from 1514 Silver SW to “Peggy’s house” at 1605 Park Avenue SW.  It is about 3,000 feet (2/3 of a mile) from 1514 Silver SW to the Albuquerque Community Foundation office at 624 Tijeras Avenue NW.

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better call saul, or not

“Better see Saul,” has a better ring to it, but no ring, no phone.  Today’s world seems more about staying connected by cellphones than by actual face time, as in face-to-face, real-life & real-time, communications.

Better Call Saul is the spin-off of the Breaking Bad series, and like Breaking Bad, much of the new series is being filmed in the Huning Castle neighborhood.  Two or three houses just west of Forest Park is the site of most filming.  The film trucks and film food trucks fill the park byways and sometimes it’s hard to get by them.  Call a lawyer if you’re inconvenienced, but maybe not Saul.

So, Saul (the fictional character, the lawyer) lives in the Huning Castle neighborhood.  Actually, a number of real lawyers live here in Huning Castle.  Some of the lawyers are a bit like Saul, rich, or trying to get rich, and are a bit shady.  Most Huning Castle neighborhood lawyers, however, are nice, or at least a lot nicer.  “Nice” lawyers can get the job done, too.  The idea that you need a “Bad” lawyer is just another Hollywood myth.

So, “Breaking the Bad” Hollywood myth has recently gone viral.  An Albuquerque law firm, Revo + Smith,  has bought a few billboards around this great town that put out the truth to the Hollywood lie.  The simple truth is, “Do NOT call SAUL,” (capitalization may vary).

The lawyers I talk to in the Huning Castle neighborhood, I talk to in person.  I talk to lawyers in the parks, I “just say Hi,” as I pass them on the streets.  I don’t seek free legal advice.  I probably don’t need any.  That’s Saul’s world, and Saul is basically fiction.

So, I send my best to the lawyers and law firm @  Revo + Smith .  Big type gets peoples’ attention.  Or, as Terrence Revo and Roger Smith say:

We want to distance ourselves from the “Sauls” of the world.

Like many lawyers, what they say is half right.  I’m sure that there are many good Sauls in the world, maybe some may even live in Huning Castle, the neighborhood, or would like to move to the Huning Castle neighborhood.  But, the good Sauls are probably not lawyers.  And IF they are lawyers, they should sue Saul, sue the Breaking Bad firm, sue for all the unintended “Bad” publicity, “Saul v. Saul,” it has a nice ring.

duke city marathon

albuquerque, New mexico

October 19, 2014

2014 Duke City 10k walk

2014 Duke City 10k walk

The Duke City Marathon is the oldest marathon in the state of New Mexico.  The course enters the Huning Castle neighborhood at the west end of Kit Carson Park and moves west down Kit Carson Avenue to Laguna Boulevard.

The marathon route then goes north on Laguna to Central Avenue (Route 66) where the route moves east as it follows Central to Third Street downtown.  At Third Street the route turns left (to the north) and the Finish Line next to the Albuquerque Civic Plaza.   A map for the 31st annual Duke City Marathon can be found by clicking here.

2014 Duke City Marathon runners at Kit Carson Park in the Huning Castle neighborhood

2014 Duke City Marathon runners at Kit Carson Park in the Huning Castle neighborhood

Both the 10k Run Course and Walk Course go through the Huning Castle neighborhood.  The Albuquerque Country Club property begins at Kit Carson Avenue where Kit Carson meets the southwestern end of Laguna Boulevard.  The marathon route makes a right turn from Kit Carson onto Laguna at this point.  Passing Escalante on the right, the marathon follows to the right of the Oval in front of the main country club building.

2014 Duke City Marathon as participants pass the Albuquerque Country Club in the Huning Castle neighborhood

2014 Duke City Marathon as participants pass the Albuquerque Country Club in the Huning Castle neighborhood

Laguna Boulevard - October 19, 2014

Laguna Boulevard – October 19, 2014

Laguna Boulevard in the Huning Castle neighborhood is a wide thoroughfare originally connecting Central Avenue to the MRGCD lake at Tingley Beach.  The lakes at Tingley are no longer used for swimming, but Laguna remains as a beautiful tree-lined street with a grass landscaped median strip that keeps opposing cars a civilized distance apart.  On marathon Sunday no cars are allowed on Laguna during the Duke City Marathon.

At 16th Street and Laguna is the “first house” in the Huning Castle neighborhood, the Hebenstreit House.  It is now owned by Sheila Garcia, of Albuquerque auto dealerships fame.  The Duke City Marathon passes this late 1920’s  “model home” as the course approaches Central.

Just west of the Hebenstreit House

Just west of the Hebenstreit House

Before Central Avenue in Albuquerque ever became known as “Route 66” it was named Railroad Avenue.  Later, streetcars plied this throughfare and connected the new Santa Fe Railroad “town” of Albuquerque with the “Old Town” of Alburquerque.  Halfway between the two community (city) centers the Huning Castle Addition Company offered ‘lots’ of raw land.  At the entrance to this new (in 1928) neighborhood volunteers of the Duke City Marathon offer Gatorade and bottled water to the runners and walkers partaking in the marathon run on this beautiful fall day.

Central and Laguna in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Central and Laguna in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Attention Passengers

Attention Passengers

At the corner of 14th Street and Central, on the south side of Central, is a ABQ Ride Albuquerque bus stop.  It is one of four bus stops (all on Central) that serve the Huning Castle neighborhood.  For eight (8) hours on marathon Sunday the Central Avenue buses do not run, as this informative sign might tell you, or anyone else that has a need to know.

location, location, location

It is 1,600 feet (.3 mile) from 1514 Silver SW to Kit Carson Park.  It is 1,400 feet (1/4 mile) from 1514 Silver SW to the Albuquerque Country Club Oval.  It is 1.2 miles (1,850 meters) “door to door” from 1514 Silver SW to the Start Line / Finish Line of the Duke City Marathon.

Domain & Attribution:
You may click on any of the above photographs to see an enlarged version.  All photographs in this post are by Donald Clayton, and are donated to the public domain provided that attribution credit is given and a link to this web page is made.

Please Note:
Two main traffic arteries between Downtown and points west, Central Avenue and Tingley Drive, are CLOSED during the Duke City Marathon.  Laguna Boulevard (which essentially connects these two arteries) is also CLOSED.  Traffic EAST of Laguna and WEST of Third Street (Downtown) must go east to Second Street in order to reach destinations elsewhere in Albuquerque during the eight hours of the Duke City Marathon.

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huning castle neighborhood association (HCNA) October 2017, board meeting

HCNA Board Meeting
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Albuquerque Country Club (ACC) Board Room
7 pm

In attendance: Harvey Buchalter, Max Cowton, Monica Martinez, Jan Yates, Susan Feil, Len Romano, Debbie Allen, Steve Kotz, Michael Barndollar, Julie Lawrance

Guests: Sgt William Thomas, Patrol Officer Tyler Carman; APD
Joran Viers, Certified Arborist CABQ Parks & Rec

1.   Call to order. Open forum and Community input:

Call to order 7:05 .  Open forum and Community input.  No input.

2.   MOTION to approve minutes, September 6, 2017:

MOTION to approve minutes, September 6, 2017; carried.

3.   APD officer Nicholas Sanders and Crime Prevention Specialist Bailey Scanlon:

Report by APD officers William Thomas and Tyler Carman: “crime in our neighborhood is still very low compared to surrounding neighborhoods.”  Harvey suggested APD use police substation as a police presence in the neighborhood. Officers said they would relay this suggestion to higher authorities.

4.   Guest Dan Humbles, certified arborist with COA Solid Waste Management Department. MOTION to address safety concerns in regard to elm limbs overhanging Laguna median and Oxnard Park:

Guest Joran Viers, Arborist/ City of Albuquerque (COA) Parks and Recreation Department appeared in lieu of Dan Humbles. He stated that Oxnard Park is part of Parks and Recreation Department and not part of the medians, which are under the jurisdiction of the Solid Waste Department.

Concerns in regard to elm limbs overhanging Laguna median. Potential liability to the city. Health of trees indicated by past failures (lots of stubs on trees from pruned limbs). Dead branches are not what typically fall off of trees; usually it is live wood that falls. City can implement “managed decline” which involves carefully pruning trees as they decline. Advice of Mr. Viers: remove worst trees, watch the rest. Then replant all trees at once; wait 20 years and the yield might be a uniform canopy. Some good options in his opinion are: hybrid elms, oaks, hard rubber tree, cottonwood. But trees available are up to the contracted vendors. Recommends less density of trees (75% of what is there currently), in two rows, and staggered like they are now.

Department of Solid Waste maintains all COA medians because of available federal funds diverted from Clean Cities federal funds budget. Solid Waste Department can generate funds by raising garbage removal rates slightly, but not necessarily for trees.

Harvey feels number 1 issue is safety. Dave Hanson, neighborhood resident voiced support for a written tree-trimming plan. Harvey felt such a plan was not necessary, just let the city contractor do it.

MOTION to address safety concerns of low hanging limbs on elms on Laguna median and defer removal of dead elms and selection of replacement trees – and timetable for doing so – deferred. Motion carried.

5.   Harvest Fest (Sunday, October 29, 3 -5 pm, Forest Park). Additional planning and assignments:

Harvest Fest (Sunday, October 29, 3 -5 pm, Forest Park) Additional planning and assignments
Will have food truck – from Malaguenas live music, refreshments from Pop Fizz; all confirmed. Need games for kids; Monica, Max and Lauren will work on this.

6.   Treasurer’s report:

Balance as of 9/6/17 $17,873.29
Albuquerque Police Department (APD) Chiefs Over Time (COT) dollar donations available is $3,671.11.  HCNA Remaining non-COT balance is $14,202.18

7.   Membership report:

Membership remains basically the same at @ 130 residences (111 paid members in September).

8.   Long-range planning for Laguna Boulevard – formation of sub-committee:

Need subcommittee to keep an eye on grass maintenance, broken sprinklers, etc.  Len, Debbie and Susan all volunteered to be part of subcommittee.

9.   COT planning (October 11 – November 8, 2017).  Discussion of alternatives – Monica:

Monica suggested getting “Feet on the Street” by forming walking, dog walking, running groups; strategically timed for presence in neighborhood between the hours of 1:00 and 7:00 p.m., when many pedestrians are present.  Monica will be the contact.

Len wants to get businesses in Country Club Plaza to contribute to COT, but they never see a patrol car in the plaza.  Harvey will explore this.

10.   Report on recent work at CRP / ALF facility at 1711 Park Avenue SW:

Construction / deconstruction has begun at 1711 Park Avenue SW.

Construction began approximately one week ago on remodeling the residence into a Community Residential Program to house up to ten clients, and an additional upstairs apartment.  HCNA Board has gone on record twice to oppose the conditional R-1 Permissive Use project. The commercial building being built is the result of a City Permit to remodel a former residence which lies in an R-1 residential zone.

Guests Thomas J. Horan and Maryanne Campbell-Horan spoke recently with real estate development attorney John A. Meyers whose opinion it is that nobody could win if they tried to ask for a ruling on lawful property covenants in a New Mexico court.

Mr. Horan stated his belief that property covenants were, “settled law,” citing Hill v. Community of Damien of Molokai.  The apparently absolute differences between that case and the 1711 Park Avenue situation appeared to be of no legal consequence in his opinion.

Lots of “No Trespassing” signs to keep people away from the right-of-way.

HCNA resident Donald Clayton has worked hard to make neighbors aware of what the COA is not doing or is doing wrong.  He stated that the proposed commercial Assisted Living Facility (ALF) project intended for 1711 Park Avenue SW is a clear violation of a Huning Castle Addition lawful property covenant.  He stated an interest in starting a Go Fund Me type site to raise necessary funds for a possible pro se action.

11.   Old business:

a.   cross-walk striping, ADA cutouts, request for traffic study – discussion tabled.
b.   Art Installation-scheduled for Spring ’18 – any change to schedule to begin work
has not been given to HCNA board.
c.   review of yard sale – approximately 8 residences participated.

12.   New business:

Intersection of Laguna and Central was closed October 12th. No date given by the COA about when thoroughfare will be reopened.

13.   Executive Session:

14.   Additional Open forum/community input:


HCNA Board has held numerous discussions on the issue of the Assisted Living Facility (ALF) going in at 1711 Park Ave.

HCNA Board has gone on record as being opposed to this Assisted Living Facility; based on neighborhood input. Many residents oppose this facility. Some do not.

Assisted living facilities can be located as close as 1500 feet of each other and we have a neighborhood with a lot of large houses that might be desirable for such facilities. Allowing this particular ALF could set a precedent for more in the neighborhood. Neighborhood concerns about this include: ambulances at all hours of the night and an overabundance of street parking and delivery vehicles. It is possible that we could end up with as many as 3 or 4 such facilities in the neighborhood.

HCNA resident Donald Clayton has worked very hard to make city aware of what they are not doing or are doing wrong. He might be willing to file a pro se action (i.e., on his own and possibly with additional legal representation) regarding a HCA lawful property covenant that pertains to the proposed Assisted Living Facility at 1711 Park Avenue SW.  He  would appreciate a minimum of support from the HCNA neighborhood association.

It is the HCNA Board’s position that, while we oppose this facility, it would not be good use of neighborhood funds to obtain legal representation and try to fight this in court. We could potentially lose big and it would likely generate a lot of ill will with the City of Albuquerque which would not benefit our neighborhood.

The Board will leave this issue up to individuals in the neighborhood to fight as they see fit.

15.   Executive Session:

The second scheduled HCNA Board Executive Session to discuss the issue of 1711 Park Avenue property use as a CRP-10 / ALF was not necessary.

16.   Adjournment:

Board meeting adjourned at 9:30 pm.