The demeanor of the mob who came to a recent meeting to crucify the effort probably hurt their cause more than helped. I am not privy to the true costs of the ambitious attempt at making Albuquerque a modern city ready for the next generation. I suspect it will balloon with other related infrastructure costs. It almost always does in such projects.
But, the system is worth doing. My advice to the Mayor is to get a steering committee together made up of a diverse group. Put them into subcommittees that deal with specific issues and get them to hammer out some compromises. Meet often as a large group to get reports from the smaller committees. This system can work. This is how we got the downtown theaters and downtown rehabilitation started, as we did too with the new Isotopes Stadium, and as we helped steer the city through the construction of the new Big I interchange. All of this happened during my administration in the late 90's. It can work if the Mayor gets some organizing efforts underway.
It has been amazing to see our weak City Council sit on the sidelines. What a bunch of sissies. And the same goes for much of the business community.