Friday, January 16, 2015

#Placemaking News: Nominate Your Favorite Great Public Market

…too late for the conference registration but Catalonia probably wasn't in any town planner's budget. Besides, this is more about sharing place making ideas and visiting public markets around the world. Should I have sent this to places along the way or to market to market instead? I don't think so. For starters, it's about the place-making not the place: you make the place wherever you are. Mountainair is where we are. What can we take and apply to our local public spaces and markets (farmers, festivals and informal -- including the one at the bend in the road) even if a trip to Catalonia IRL isn't in the book?
Placemaking News: Nominate Your Favorite Great Public Market

9th International Public Markets Conference - Barcelona - March 26-28, 2015 - Save the Date

When a place is great, it just clicks. We know it. You know it. These are the places we remember most vividly, the places where serendipitous things always seem to happen, the places to which we return—in the stories we tell if not in person—all throughout our lives.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

2014 New Mexico State Fair is NOW

Wednesday, September 10th through Sunday, September 21st

Simultaneously eponymous state fair and distinctly New Mexico, from food options to entertainment, there is something for everyone at the New Mexico State Fair.   


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

July 4-6 Pinto Bean Days in #Mountainair via @MountainairWire

photo by Roy Kirby, 2000
…always a plus not having to blog from scratch when the Town of Mountainair, knowing I do this every year because, d'uh, I've been doing it since 2000, first by email, then web pages and finally blogging. Not only are the events "much the same" as last year. they are much the same as in 2000. So who decided on what authority that it's now a "Pinto Bean Fest," when as far as anyone can tell there there is no actual event organizer. Who wants to make book on the event being Jubilee again next year? Fortunately, by now everyone knows the drill from the year or decades before.
It looks like the festivities are on for this July Holiday - only it's no longer a Jubilee, but a Pinto Bean Fest. Below you can see the video from last year and this year will have much of the same events.
Schedule (no images) for July 4-6 Pinto Bean Days in Mountainair - The Mountainair Wire

Jubilees past, with images
Mountainair News & ViewsJubilee 2001 Report and Celebrating Summer

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Civic engagement, transparency & @KinderMorgan

…all in #Mountainair, hopefully including civil discourse, at the Town Council meeting starting now. I hope to post a follow up report and will be publicly cranky if the town does not come through with meeting notes as required under the the Open Meeting Act.

By way of reminder, you can find the agenda and resolution here and on the Mountainair Online Facebook page.

I recommended emailing Mayor, Clerk and council members (some of whom are either less than email accessible or just ignore email from the local public) and offered to post copies publicly. Needless to say, opinions are welcome from both sides, with civility of discourse being the main consideration. Please cite sources supporting claims. Letters by Dan Embree and Kathleen Davies follow:
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