Two Way Street – One Albuquerque Publication 2 – Albuquerque Downtown Public Safety District

ALBUQUERQUE DOWNTOWN PUBLIC SAFETY DISTRICT

Written by Nick Vottero

Interview Conducted by Nick Vottero and Kharlos Panterra

Photo: Two Way Street Editorial Team during Downtown Public Safety District press conference.

Two Way Street contributors Nick Vottero and Kharlos Panterra had an opportunity to sit down with the City of Albuquerque’s CAO, Sarita Nair, and Deputy Chief Roger Bañez to discuss the proposed Downtown Public Safety District (DPSD). Initially, our editors had some reservations about the need and design of the DPSD. There are few places in town that are as well policed as the downtown community; just visit the area on any weekend night, and you will see a substantial police presence in the area. read more

ALBUQUERQUE DOWNTOWN PUBLIC SAFETY DISTRICT

Written by Nick Vottero

Interview conducted by Nick Vottero and Kharlos Panterra

Photo: Two Way Street Editorial Committee during the Downtown Public Safety District press conference.

Two Way Street contributors Nick Vottero and Kharlos Panterra had an opportunity to sit down with the City of Albuquerque’s CAO, Sarita Nair, and Deputy Chief Roger Bañez to discuss the proposed Downtown Public Safety District (DPSD). Initially, our editors had some reservations about the need and design of the DPSD. There are few places in town that are as well policed as the downtown community; just visit the area on any weekend night, and you will see a substantial police presence in the area. read more

Two Way Street – One Albuquerque Publication 2 – Pop Up Food for Thought

POP UP FOOD FOR THOUGHT

by Two Way Street Editorial Team

Background

Unlike arts & crafts, clothing, and first amendment vendors, mobile food vendors have extra steps that they have to take before bringing their products to the market in order to ensure they are complying with local regulations. This is often the case in other municipalities, some of which are actively trying to change their regulations in order to support micro-enterprises bringing specialty foods to the market. Some municipalities are also trying to incentivize mobile food vendors’ sale of healthier foods by waiving fees and relaxing procurement requirements. read more

Two Way Street – One Albuquerque Publication 2 – OT Circus: Where the Arts, Occupational Therapy, and a Sense of Home Come Together

OT CIRCUS: WHERE THE ARTS, OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY, & A SENSE OF HOME COME TOGETHER

Introduction by Two Way Street Editorial Team

 

One local organization that Two Way Street has been meaning to interview for a long time now is OT Circus – a quaint, accessible, and inviting art gallery/home of its founder, Victoria Van Dame, located on the northwest corner of 7th St. and Central Ave.  While Van Dame brings expertise in occupational therapy to the space, her business partner, Jennifer DeSantis, brings expertise in the arts, event planning, and event promotions to the space. Together, they make a dynamic duo that is not only supporting the economic and social health of their clients, but is also improving public safety in the Downtown area for residents, business owners, and visitors.  In preparation for ABQ Art Walk October 5, Two Way Street took some time to connect with Van Dame and DeSantis to hear their story… read more

Two Way Street – One Albuquerque Publication 1 – Report Back from 2018 INSP Summit in Glasgow, Scotland

Report Back from 2018 INSP Summit in Glasgow, Scotland

by Justin Gaudian

When I met Two Way Street Founder, Jeff Hertz at my first editorial meeting for the paper, I remember asking him about his inspiration to start a street paper in Albuquerque.  He told me he had written his Senior Thesis on the street paper movement for his major at UNM and shortly after, attended the International Network of Street Papers (INSP) summit in Seattle, Washington in 2015.  He said the conference left him feeling invigorated to bring the movement back to Albuquerque. I remember being inspired by the vision, mission, and goals he had outlined for Two Way Street – to unite the housed and unhoused in Albuquerque through grassroots, hyper-local journalism, while also providing micro-entrepreneurial opportunities for low- and moderate-income burquenos; but, I underestimated the size, scope, and efficiency of the global street paper movement spearheaded by the INSP. read more

Two Way Street – One Albuquerque Issue 1 – Brick Light Nights Vendor Survey Results & Policy Recommendations

BRICK LIGHT NIGHTS VENDOR SURVEY RESULTS & POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS

by Two Way Street Editorial Team


Background: Over the past Wednesday for the past 3 months, Two Way Street and Mariposa Music have been coordinating the street vendor component of Brick Light Nights at the Brick Light District. This involves providing incoming applicants with a short survey inquiring about the applicants’ general background and interest in street vending. Questions posed were not chosen with the intention of “vetting” incoming applicants, but rather with the goal of gathering information surrounding the current barriers that aspiring micro-entrepreneurs experience in registering their businesses, purchasing solicitation permits, and scaling. Applicants were intentionally not informed about the exemption in Section 3-38-1 of New Mexico State Code that “part-time artists whose income from sales of his/her artwork in the prior taxable year did not exceed $1,000” are exempt from having to register their businesses with their respective municipalities. This was to test their legal and technical knowledge on the issue. read more

Two Way Street – One Albuquerque Publication 1 – Getting Everyone to the Table

GETTING EVERYONE TO THE TABLE

Introduction by Two Way Street Editorial Team

“Tabling” is a common activity among small businesses, organizations, and agencies working in the for-profit, non-profit, and public sectors. Whether simply handing out printed informational materials, advocating for a particular cause, or selling a product, tabling is one of the most cost-effective ways to bring products and services to the market and also one of the most accessible to the community-at-large. read more