By Vincent Barrett Price
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The year 1880 marks the beginning of the modern era in Albuquerque with the arrival of the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad. With the tracks more than a mile and a half away from the plaza, the center of life shifted from the adobe buildings of Old Town to the iron, wood, and brick structures of Page 15 what came to be called New Town, a predominately Anglo-American, Midwestern-looking cityscape. 7 Albuquerque suddenly became a railroad town, connected to the major centers of the East. It was a technological transformation of the greatest magnitude, and permitted the city to become an important agricultural, livestock, and commercial distribution center.
All rights reserved. Book design by Kristina E. Herman Patrick Chester Henderson James Michael Jenkinson Page vii " . . " LEWIS MUMFORD, The City in History "To me, home is less a town or a house or a society than a regionthis piece of earth. " HARVEY FERGUSSON, Home in the West Page ix Contents Preface and Acknowledgments xi Introduction: The Value of Locality 3 1 Time and Place 10 2 Reputation and Identity 25 3 Albuquerque and Santa Fe 41 4 Modernism and Regionalism 59 5 A City of Open Spaces 80 6 A Spiritual Region 98 7 A City of Babel 114 8 A City at the End of the World 135 Notes 145 Selected Bibliography 157 Index 163 Illustrations follow page xvi Page xi Preface and Acknowledgments Sometimes, even today, I'm surprised that I live in a place called Albuquerqueand that I call it home.
In his popular 1989 BBC documentary and book A Vision of Britain, Prince Charles plays the role of underdog populist educator struggling to create a historical context that will help London preserve its sense of place in the face of encroaching global architectural fashions. Developing a shared sense of history in modern Albuquerque is a formidable task as well, despite nearly a century of tourism, scholarship, and regional architecture all based on the lure of New Mexico's unique landscape and ethnic mix.