This week on New Mexico in Focus: the struggle to shape and reshape Albuquerque’s neighborhoods. Just over a year ago, the city moved to a new way of planning and zoning, designed to cut down on the regulatory burden for developers, while also establishing quality standards and protections for communities.
Correspondent Gwyneth Doland sits down with representatives from the Historic Neighborhoods Alliance, who worry the approach actually creates a one-size-fits-all model that ignores local input and actually creates racial disparities.
Gene Grant and The Line opinion panel discuss the request Gov. Michell Lujan Grisham sent earlier this month asking legislators for their input on agenda items to be included in the upcoming legislative session. The session is a short one - only 30 days - and devising a budget is lawmakers' top priority.
There is room, however, for other bill proposals, the Line speculates on which will make the cut. The panelist will also look at what made 2018 such a banner year for tourism in The Land of Enchantment as a newly-released report from the New Mexico Tourism Department shows visitors spent more money in the state than ever before.
Last on the Line's agenda of topics is the governor's challenge to find balance between moving away from the fossil fuel industry, while also relying on those revenues to fund her top priorities, including a free college tuition proposal. (In a special web extra, the Line panelists will also react to the news that Maggie Toulouse Oliver has dropped out of the race to replace Tom Udall in the U.S. Senate.
New Mexico PBS’ one-hour public affairs show New Mexico in Focus regularly airs Friday at 7 p.m. and repeats Sunday at 7 a.m. on Chanel 5.1, and Saturdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. on Channel 9.1, except during pledge drives.
- Diana Dorn-Jones, Historic Neighborhoods Alliance
- Bianca Encinias, Historic Neighborhoods Alliance
- Loretta Naranjo Lopez, Historic Neighborhoods Alliance
- Robert Nelson, Historic Neighborhoods Alliance
- Michael Bird, Public Health Consultant
- Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
- Julie Ann Grimm, editor, Santa Fe Reporter
- Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney, Affirm, Inc.
- Gwyneth Doland
- Gene Grant
New Mexico in Focus is the New Mexico PBS prime-time news magazine show covering the events, issues and people that are shaping life in New Mexico and the Southwest.
NMiF takes a multi-layered look at social, political, economic health, education and art issues, and explores them in-depth with a critical eye to give them context beyond the “news of the moment.”
The producer of New Mexico in Focus is Matt Grubs, with Kathy Wimmer, associate producer. The NM PBS Public Affairs executive producer is Kevin McDonald.
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