While crime has, quite understandably, dominated the Albuquerque mayoral race, it’s disappointing that so little attention has been paid to the Duke City’s ability to retain existing and draw new residents.
You wouldn’t know it from the last decade or so, but Albuquerque was once a population-growth powerhouse — despite crime rates generally higher than the region and the nation. Federal “investment,” combined with retirees fleeing the Snow Belt, made the city boom in the post-World War II era.
That trend came to a screeching halt when the Great Recession struck. In the five-year period between 2011 and 2016, population growth was just 1.4 percent.
It’s likely that no candidate will win a majority of votes on Tuesday, and thus, a runoff will occur in November. Let’s hope that the delay will give the two top vote-getters an opportunity to explain how their administrations would keep Burquenos here, and attract new residents, to a city with lousy public policies, but great potential.