New York Times piece shines negative light on ABQ

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An editorial published in the New York Times slams Albuquerque and some think the city or business leaders need to respond.

The article, titled “Goodbye Albuquerque, Land of Violence,” was written by Justin St. Germain, a man who says he lived here for three years but is leaving for a new job.

St. Germain describes high crime rates and homelessness, referencing the beating death of two homeless men and the APD shooting death of James Boyd.

He said “the homeless and mentally ill were victimized to a striking degree – even by the very people meant to protect them – the police.”

Tom Garrity from the PR firm The Garrity Group said the article is just one perception of the city, but because it’s been viewed by two million people, it makes an impact.

“We need to be able to correct and clarify. We need to be able to frame the issue and provide the perspective that might not be relayed in an article like this,” Garrity said.

KRQE News 13 asked the city for comment on the article, but hasn’t heard back.

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