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With a city population of about 560,000 people and a metro population of almost 1,000,000, Albuquerque is the 32th largest city in America and the largest city in New Mexico. Located in the central region of the state, Albuquerque serves as a gateway to the rest of New Mexico, otherwise known as "The Land of Enchantment". The city is home to Anglo, Spanish and Native American cultures alike. All coincide peacefully within the community. The Sandia Mountains border the city to the East, rising majestically over the city at some 10,300 feet. The dry desert environment is contrasted by the Rio Grande River, which winds through the city like a slithering snake, bringing with it a lush forest of Cottonwood trees. Known to us locals as the "Bosque".
Albuquerque is a charming city. Although a big city, it has a small town feel to it. The city is bilingual and most people speak at least two different languages It's not unusual to walk into a restaurant and have the people at one table speaking english, while another speaks in spanish and another is speaking navajo. The architecture in the city also reflects the three main cultures. Many homes are built in the pueblo-deco style and look like the old adobe buildings once used by the Native Indians, many churches are built like the Spanish missions found throughout Mexico, and many old Victorian homes can be found in the downtown area.
Downtown Is the business hub of Albuquerque. Full of office buildings and banks, the downtown is also a gathering place for the community. Many times throughout the year, events are held in the Civic Plaza such as concerts or other varied events. Aside from the skyscrapers and highrises, many night clubs, reastaurants and bars can be found in the area. "The Mother Road", old Route 66 also passes through this part of town and often times classic cars traveling the old highway stop in downtown and put on a show. Albuquerque is a mid sized city growing rapidly. It definately has the potential of becoming a great American City of the Desert Southwest.
- Pros:Culturally Diverse, Beautiful Scenery, Mountains, River, Cottonwood Forest.
- Cons:Crime, Too reliant on car, needs better public transportation system.
- In a nutshell:Truly Southwestern!
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