|Where the heck is Albuquerque?|
When it was pointed out that these were housing developments, not settlements, the mayor said "I don't care why they moved there. They bought a house, they settled down. They're settlements."
The mayor's new directive will apply to "Paradise Hills, Taylor Ranch, and whatever they call that area around Coors and Sequoia," said the mayor. He stressed that the withdrawal applies only to Bernalillo County, where he has jurisdiction. "Rio Ranchers are on their own."
Nobody knows how far Bernalillo County stretches to the west, but the Weck's Restaurant at the end of Universe has vowed to remain open no matter what.
|Mayor Richard J Berry|
The mayor said that when he found out that many of the West Bank homes were under water, he decided he had to act quickly. "If they're under water on the high mesa, how long would it be before we've got canals and marinas on Central Avenue?"
|View from a West Bank settlement|
The Greater Albuquerque Association of Realtors applauded the mayor's move, saying "The value of housing in Albuquerque proper - on the East Bank of the Rio Grande, where the best people live - will surely double."
The mayor said he was considering building a row of one bedroom apartments along Montgomery to house the displaced settlers. "But they're already pretty full up."