Albuquerque & Rio Rancho New Mexico
Located in Bernalillo County NM
Albuquerque is geographically divided into four quadrants:
The quadrants are officially part of the mailing address. They are NE (northeast), NW (northwest), SE (southeast), and SW (southwest). The north-south dividing line is Central Avenue (the path that Route 66 took through the city) and the east-west dividing line is the BNSF Railway tracks. Although this is technically the division of the city, those in Albuquerque sometimes use the perpendicular interstates I-25 and I-40 to divide the city into quadrants.
This quadrant has been experiencing a housing expansion since the late 1950s. It abuts the base of the Sandia Mountains and contains portions of the Sandia Heights neighborhoods, which are situated in or near the foothills and are significantly higher, in elevation and price range, than the rest of the city. Running from Central Ave. and the railroad tracks to the Sandia Peak Aerial Tram, this is the largest quadrant both geographically and by population. The University of New Mexico, the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, the Uptown area which includes both The Sandia Mountains are the predominant geographic feature visible in Albuquerque. “Sandía” is Spanish for “watermelon”, and is popularly believed to be a reference to the brilliant coloration of the mountains at sunset: bright pink and green. Other spectacular geographic sites include: The Sandia foothills, the “Heights,” the Rio Grande Coronado and Winrock malls, Journal Center, Balloon Fiesta Park, and Albuquerque Academy are all located in this quadrant. Some of the most affluent regions of the city are located here, including Las Lomas-Roma, Netherwood Park, Academy Hills, Tanoan West & East, High Desert, Glenwood Hills, Sandia Heights, North Albuquerque Acres, and Tierra Monte. (Sandia Heights, Tierra Monte, and some of North Albuquerque Acres are outside the city limits proper.) A few houses in the farthest reach of this quadrant lie in the Cibola National Forest, just over the line into Sandoval County. Northwest Quadrant This quadrant contains historic Old Town Albuquerque, which dates back to the 1700s, as well as the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. The area has a mixture of commercial, low-income, middle-income, and some of the most expensive homes in the city.
This includes the largest section of downtown, the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park and the Bosque (“woodlands” Cottonwood forest), the Petroglyph National Monument, Double Eagle II Airport, the historic Martineztown neighborhood, the Paradise Hills Area, and the Cottonwood Mall. Additionally, the “North Valley” area, which includes some small ranches and expensive residential homes along the Rio Grande, is located in this quadrant. The City of Albuquerque engulfs the village of Los Ranchos de Albuquerque and borders Corrales in the northwest valley. The very rapidly-developing area on the west side of the river is known as the “west side” and consists primarily of traditional residential subdivisions. Here the city proper is bordered on the north by the City of Rio Rancho.
Eclipse Aviation, Kirtland Air Force Base, Sandia National Laboratories, the University of New Mexico, the Central New Mexico Community College main campus, the Albuquerque International Sunport, University Stadium, Isotopes Park, and University Arena (“The Pit”) are located in the Southeast (SE) quadrant. The Nob Hill and East Downtown (EDo) neighborhoods lie along Central Avenue, the border between the Southeast and Northeast quadrants. Recent developments in the neighborhood such as the Cesar Chavez Community Center, Veterans Memorial, and the World Market have shown that this area is in the beginning stages of reestablishing itself as one of many cultural centers in the city. The expensive residential developments of Four Hills, Willow Wood, and Ridgecrest are also located in this quadrant.
Traditionally consisting of agricultural and rural areas, the Southwest quadrant is often referred to as the “South Valley”. Although the city limits of Albuquerque do not include all of the area, the South Valley is considered to extend all the way to the Isleta Indian Reservation. This includes the old communities of Kinney, Mountainview, and Pajarito. The south end of downtown Albuquerque and the Bosque (“woodlands” cottonwood forest), the historic Barelas , the National Hispanic Cultural Center, the Rio Grande Zoo (which is part of the City’s Albuquerque Biological Park system), and Tingley Beach are also located here.
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