The Bosque is a very special place for many of us in the Valley. Whether you live on the east or west side of the Rio Grande it is a place of quiet nature. Well, kind of quiet.
The Albuquerque City Council will soon have to decide whether a big box Walmart will settle itself into the scene near the Bosque School on Coors road. This controversial siting decision by Walmart and its minions has been denied by the Environmental Planning Commission and the City Hearing Officer who upheld that decision. There are over 7000 pages of written record and thirty hours of recorded testimony for the Council to peruse. Nobody will ever convince me they will read those 7000 pages or listen to that testimony. They will just sit and listen for a couple of hours and then make a political decision. The question is will the five republican councillors and Mayor Berry just bend over for Walmart and enable them to build in this inappropriate place. Or will one or two brave GOP councillors break ranks and do the right thing. Let us hope so or the city will most likely be in for litigation that will cost us taxpayers deeply.
There are many places for Walmart to build their stores. This site is not even close to being appropriate.