Downtown Albuquerque launches Arts and Culture District

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Downtown Albuquerque is finally launching its Arts and Culture District. It spans from Broadway to 10th Street, and from Coal Avenue to Lomas Boulevard.

Founders say they envision a city center of art galleries, restaurants and other businesses, all of which are safe and easy to get access.

“Downtown is a gateway to a lot of other places. It’s an opportunity to explore Albuquerque, and we think it’s an underutilized asset,” said Joe Cardillo, Downtown ABQ Arts and Culture District.

A plan for the district was approved by city councilors in 2016. This year, organizers will work on attracting visitors, and getting businesses to fill empty spaces through incentives. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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