ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It’s a clear blue morning at Central and Tramway, and, so far, the intersection on the eastern edge of Albuquerque is also clear of the panhandlers who frequent the medians here and the sidewalk along the exit ramp from Interstate 40.
But the medians don’t stay vacant for long.
There is money to be made.
A woman with her dark hair in a top knot strolls by with what looks like a makeup bag. She disappears into the trees in a small park at the northeast side of the intersection and emerges later wearing different clothes and carrying a cardboard sign. She settles onto some cardboard boxes on the northern median next to a black trash bag and a water jug and flies her sign as traffic passes.