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Wells Park Neighborhood in Albuquerque

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Wells Park Neighborhood in Albuquerque

The worm composting bin at the Buzz Garden in Wells Park neighborhood uses worms to turn compost.

© Aileen O'Catherine

Where It Is:

Wells Park neighborhood is bounded by I-40 on the north, the railroad tracks on the east, 12th Street to the west, and Mountain Road to the south.

Getting There:

Hook up with the bus line by using Route 36, which can be accessed on Lomas Boulevard or 12th Street.

Real Estate:

Wells Park has seen a resurgence of interest in the past five years. When housing prices went up, the small, modest homes found in this neighborhood became attractive to buyers of modest means, who have come in and renovated, changing the face of the neighborhood. A renaissance of sorts has begun, with infill housing on the upswing. Its close proximity to Old Town and its museums, downtown, which has many amenities, makes Wells Park attractive as a place to live. The area draws artists and non-traditionalists, and is close to the Harwood Art Center.

Overview:

This is a neighborhood with deep roots, and its leaders have worked hard to bring it back from the brink of being a crime ridden area. Now its community center has had a face lift, a number of its derelict buildings have been razed, and a new flow of artists and homeowners have put down roots and call it home. The area is a hub for homeless centers, such as Health Care for the Homeless. It also has the newly emerging art warehouses south of I-40, with nationally known programs such as the Sunday Chatter. This is a neighborhood poised for an ascent.

Restaurants:

On 4th Street south of I-40, you'll find local breakfast favorite Wecks. Further south, be on the lookout for Garcia's Kitchen, which has been a local New Mexican favorite since 1975.

Shopping:

The well known and much written about (New Mexico magazine, Sunset magazine) New Mexico Tea Company is located at 12th and Mountain, offering loose teas, as well as a Tea Bar. Kyle Zimmerman Photography is right next door. And you simply cannot call yourself a "local" until you've eaten the biscochitos at Golden Crown Panaderia, and chatted with owner Pratt Morales. The bakery carries heavenly bread, pizza and bread sculptures. They also have coffee drinks.
Find Routes, Rentals & Tours, where bikes can be rented by the hour or day, complete with maps, advice and more. Snowshoe rentals are also available.

Essentials:

Don't miss the Carnuel Parade in September, which brings together the people and pride of Wells Park and Sawmill neighborhoods as well as the Harwood Art Center. It is a neighborhood event of fun connections, music, art and everything in between. The neighborhood has an arts center with arts studios and many, many events, in the Harwood Art Center.

Organizations:

The Wells Park Neighborhood Association has steered the area toward its current incarnation as a neighborhood on the upswing. They meet the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Wells Park Community Center. The center has many programs and is the heart of the community. And although they aren't technically in the neighborhood, the nearby Harwood serves as a cultural hub.
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