“No one likes or wants bad press for their communities, yet all cities receive it from time to time,” Mayor Richard Berry said. “Our goal in Albuquerque should be to write our own story instead of letting others write it for us … We live in a wonderful city with a rich history and a bright future, and we need to build our city up rather than letting outsiders and those in our very own community tear it down.”
"OUTSIDERS?" I don't think outsiders were the ones giving quotes and information to the magazines.
I am not sure at this point if Berry and his aides and advisors fully understand the legacy they are leaving in their wake. It is just denial on their part. On the good side of all of this is Senator Jerry Ortiz Y Pino really stated clearly that the leaders and even general public in our city are hardly engaged in the seriousness of this problem.
They Mayor might want to write a history here that he likes better than reality. But to the economic development teams and CEO's who must decide where to place their next site, that will hardly matter.
Here is a quote from a former high school classmate yesterday. It is very upsetting to me that anyone would think this way, but they do. "Albuquerque is too big, too dangerous and too polluted to consider moving back there but it's ok to visit for the great New Mexican cuisine and especially to see family and old friends."