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Marisa Demarco / KUNM

 In the race for herd immunity, New Mexico is being heralded around the country as an unlikely frontrunner. Over half of the state’s population has gotten at least one dose of vaccine. But when it comes to some demographics hit hardest by the virus, vaccination rates are falling short. The numbers continue to highlight what the pandemic put into sharp relief—structural racism interfering with public health efforts.

Marisa Demarco / KUNM

People who live in the International District say their corner of Southeast Albuquerque has long been neglected by the city government and lacks some basic infrastructure, like parks. Residents and volunteers from The Nature Conservancy, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps and Artful Life got together Saturday on a hot summer morning to install a temporary green refuge on a vacant, privately owned lot. The park opens this week and could be around for about a year.

Marisa Demarco / KUNM

People say bad street-lighting contributes to fatalities and violence in some parts of Albuquerque—and national studies bear this out. There’s plenty of finger-pointing, but when it comes to info about broken streetlights, the public’s still mostly in the dark.