BERNALILLO COUNTY Commissioner, DISTRICT 2
The proposed Route 66 Visitors Center is not a “cart before horse” project as stated in an Albuquerque Journal editorial, published Nov. 26. I like hearing other peoples’ opinions, but I love an informed opinion based on the facts.
The Route 66 Visitors Center project has been in the development stages for about 10 years now. Way before I ever thought about becoming a county commissioner, there were leaders on the Southwest Mesa conducting neighborhood surveys and raising money to support a venue that would meet the needs of an overlooked community that has to fight for everything it gets. When this organizing effort first started in 2010, no one had a budget in mind. You had grassroots movers and shakers trying to make something happen.
Over the last year and a half, the Route 66 Visitors Center plan has become more concrete with dedicated supporters stepping up their efforts to find more money and create the kind of public/private partnerships that have propelled this project forward to where it is today.