Readers will recall the Better Burque Tactical Urbanism Team’s (BBTUT) action last week to better reposition an ill-considered “Road Work Ahead” sign sitting square in the bike lane on Atrisco NW. As part of that action, a 311/SeeClickFix report was filed. Below is the actual, unaltered thread of communication between Scot at BB and 311/SCF.… Read More In These Kafkaesque Times, Nobody Out-Kafkas CABQ’s 311/SeeClickFix
by Emily Esterson Editor’s Note: As I write this note, Ms. Esterson is driving across town to get some of the scant pounds of flour currently left anywhere in Albuquerque. You can find prior chapters of Breadder Burque right here and here and here. Sometimes you have to tear things down to start over. For… Read More Breadder Burque Chapter V: Making the Grade
Apologies for their bracing and indelicate nature, but Better Burque has long urged a two-prong mantra toward greater roadway safety in our city: Drive Less Slow the fuck down So far, the pandemic and resulting alterations to our daily life are proving quite helpful in at least temporarily achieving the former and performing horribly at… Read More Roadway Safety and Pandemics: Good or Bad?
Feeling a bit helpless these days? Psychologically adrift, unmoored by circumstances and actions hopelessly beyond our individual ability to even grasp, much less control? I hear you, buddy. But there are small things we can do to help us feel at least a tiny bit empowered in setting this wayward Earthship back into some harbor… Read More Tactical Urbanism, Pandemic Edition
For those of you not raised on the original Star Trek, i.e. “over 50,” a bit of background. “The Trouble with Tribbles” is a famous episode wherein these furry, lovable, gentle creatures (the Tribbles) who reproduce copiously, over-populate like rabbits and take over huge areas of the Starship Enterprise. Admittedly, I had to go to… Read More Breadder Burque Chapter IV: A Starter Named “Tribble”
Your mileage may vary, as they say, and might be 0.000000 miles not including the grocery store these days, but your humble blogger needs bike rides now more than ever to maintain a balance of mental and physical health. Bike rides sure beat, for instance, sitting 100% at home following Twitter. Earlier this unforgettably long… Read More Burque Will be Better, But it Might Take a While
Long, long ago in a truly different era, around 30 of us sat in a room at the Mesa Verde Community Center discussing the area’s draft 2040 Long Range Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP). That was January 30, 2020. So very long ago. I recall repeatedly thinking during the session: “This draft is largely worthless, because… Read More Everything We Knew is Now Wrong: Looking Back/Forward at the 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan