Pedestrian safety has long been a point of concern for residents of southeast Albuquerque. Joanne Landry, president of the Trumbull Neighborhood Association, is hoping that a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will help make things safer and boost her community’s morale.
The neighborhood was awarded $3.5 million to repave roads, fix curbs, and smooth out sidewalks. Landry believes these changes are a long time coming.
“You can see the potholes, of course, the cracks in the streets,” she said. “The sidewalks, sometimes they buckle. And there’s a lot of pedestrians here. We have over 7,000 in Trumble.”
An 8-year-old boy died here last year after he was hit by a car while crossing the street.
Mayor Tim Keller said in a statement that this money is an important investment in the International District.
"It will improve walkability, increase neighborhood pride and set the foundation for economic growth,” he said.
Landry is hopeful that the money will make the area more pedestrian-friendly and boost the community's self-esteem.
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