Editor’s note: The Journal continues “What’s in a Name?,” a monthly column in which staff writer Elaine Briseño will give a short history of how places in New Mexico got their names.
Talk about an identity crisis. I think maybe the streets of Albuquerque have one.
The West Side never met a grid it liked. Sometimes the streets go straight. Sometimes they randomly end. Sometimes they turn into two lanes only to become four lanes a few feet later. Sometimes they even go in a circle, spitting drivers out on the road which they started.
Although the Heights grid layout makes it easy to navigate, there are some roads that transition into another road only to spring up down the block again (Osuna, I’m looking at you). And then there’s the major streets in Albuquerque that don’t seem to know what they want to be named. Drivers are traveling along and suddenly the road has a different name. There’s three that come to mind. Griegos turns into Comanche at Edith, Montgomery becomes Montaño at Interstate 25, and Bridge Boulevard becomes two different names as it travels east through the South Valley.
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