Monthly Archives: July 2019

FWNA Meeting #4 to Discuss State Fair Parking Issues on 7/23

Please join us for the fourth facilitated meeting regarding State Fair-related traffic issues in the Fair West Neighborhood. View 7/23 Meeting Agenda [PDF]

Tuesday, July 23rd 6:30PM – 8:30PM at the EXPO NM Alice K. Hoppes African American Pavilion, (free parking, enter gate 3 off Copper and proceed east) SEE MAP.

Goals for meeting #4:

  • Learn the outcome of the petitioning process for the permanent parking permits
  • Create the action plan for collaboration between the City, FWNA, and EXPO to support the success of the agreed-upon parking and traffic relief measures during the 2019 State Fair.

Important: If you plan to attend, please RSVP to the facilitator by July 19th so she can prepare accordingly – Kathleen Oweegon –, (505) 242-6141

We hope to see you there!

Reports prepared by meeting facilitator Kathleen Oweegon

Top Eats in Fair West Neighborhood

Whether you already enjoy frequenting Fair West businesses or want to better appreciate what the area has to offer, get to know the neighborhood by supporting our most popular local restaurants, from a sushi bar to a hot dog spot.

 Created by Hoodline using local Yelp data to produce this ranked list of neighborhood businesses.

1. Fareast Fuzion


Topping the list is the Sushi Bar, Chinese and Asian fusion spot Fareast Fuzion. Located at 5901 Central Ave. NE, it’s the highest-rated business in the neighborhood, boasting 4.5 stars out of 168 reviews on Yelp.

On the menu, in addition to an extensive sushi selection, expect to find stir-fried dishes with pepper steak and sesame chicken, as well as soups, Thai curry dishes, noodle dishes, bento boxes and teriyaki bowls.

2. Kap’s Coffee Shop And Diner


Next up is breakfast and brunch spot Kap’s Coffee Shop and Diner, situated at 5801 Central Ave. SE. With 4.5 stars out of 117 reviews on Yelp, it’s proven to be a local favorite.

The menu features a variety of American fare, including chicken fried steak, biscuits and gravy, Texas French toast, skillet potatoes and more.

3. Cafe Da Lat


Vietnamese restaurant Cafe Da Lat is another top choice. Yelpers give the business, located at 5615 Central Ave. NE, four stars out of 99 reviews.

Dig into appetizers like the frog legs and the crispy quail, or opt for larger entrees like stir-fried egg noodles, sugarcane shrimp or lemongrass chicken. Desserts like fried bananas, mochi ice cream and caramel flan are also available.

4. Sonora Dogs


Sonora Dogs, a food truck and Mexican spot, is another much-loved neighborhood go-to, with 4.5 stars out of 11 Yelp reviews. Head over to 101-199 Laguayra Drive NE to see for yourself.

The eatery serves up authentic Mexican hot dogs with onions, beans, bacon and a variety of sauces, as well as Tapatío-flavored Doritos.


Fair West Receives a Pace Bike Share Rack in Fox Park

Fair West Neighborhood received a Pace Bike Share rack station in Fox Memorial Park this week.  Bike sharing is a healthy, sustainable, and affordable form of public transportation. The bike sharing program started in Albuquerque in 2015 as a pilot program; today it is in full swing and has expanded to 250 bikes and 50 parking stations around town.

ABQ’s Pace Bike Share

Riders can rent a bike from any of the dedicated Pace Bike Share racks or public bike racks available throughout the city. This mix of rack placement along with the program’s unique “lock-to-dockless” bike model, which bikes can be locked to fixed objects — not just to specific Pace bike racks — offers riders convenience and more freedom in their daily transit choices.

How Pace Bike Share Works

Pace Bike Share is open to anyone 18 years of age or older. Eligible participants must have a valid credit or debit card to become a member. Once a rider had downloaded the Pace app, renting a bike is as easy as three simple steps:

  • Borrow: Find bikes near you in the Pace app (App Store or Google Play). When you enter the bike number into the app on your mobile device, the lock will pop open. Unplug the security cable and hop on.
  • Ride: Enjoy your ride! Select “Hold Bike” in the app if you’d like to keep your bike during a quick stop. Grab a coffee and your bike will wait.
  • Return: Park at your destination by locking to a Pace ABQ rack or any public bike rack. Push the back tire lock closed and secure with the cable.

Get the App

To use Pace Bike Share, riders download the free “Pace Bike Share” app, available in the Apple Store or Google Play. Riders can find available bikes and parking locations in the app and unlock bikes with the touch of a button.


Rides start at $1. Pay-as-you-go; $1 per 15 minutes.

Annual Subscription: $60 for a standard subscription; $30 for student, senior, military, and EBT subscriptions. Unlimited 30 minute rides.

Monthly Subscription: $10 for a standard subscription; $5 for student, senior, military, and EBT subscriptions. Unlimited 30 minute rides.

Managed by Rio Metro Regional Transit District, Pace Bike Share is described as a transit system that consists of a network of stations where bikes are publicly available for short-term rental. Rio Metro is betting that the Pace Bike Share program will complement existing public transit, providing the first and last mile of connectivity by filling in gaps where no other mode exists.  Learn more about ABQ’s bike share program

The Bicycle Boulevard in our Neighborhood

It makes sense that Fair West would be a good fit for the bike rack, due to the bicycle boulevard that runs through the neighborhood, the HAWK signal at Lomas and being centrally located between Nob Hill, the International District and Uptown.

In 2018 Alvarado Drive became a designated bicycle boulevard between Copper and Lomas.  However, most of all the stop signs were removed and speeding has become an issue as very few drivers observe the posted 18 mph speed limit and have increased their speed to exceed the previously posted 25 mph.

The neighborhood association has submitted a traffic calming request application with the Neighborhood Traffic Management Program (NTMP).