Two Way Street vendor, poet, writer, and researcher, Kharlos Panterra has served a critical role in planning for Brick Light Nights. Panterra wants to ensure that Brick Light Nights remains as accessible to micro-businesses as possible over the 17 weeks of festivities.
Regular Brick Light District patron and performer, Christian Orellana, is one of hundreds of local musicians who have leveraged their First Amendment Rights to perform in the public right-of-way and launch their musical careers. Now, at the age of 46, Orellana has landed himself a leading role with the local latin fusion band, Concepto Tambor. Two Way Street had the opportunity to sit down with Orellana before Concepto Tambor’s performance on June 6 to hear more about his journey and to ask how Brick Light Nights supports his profession.
What differentiates the Supportive Housing Coalition from YES Housing, Heading Home, and other local organizations and agencies working to end homelessness? S
HC-NM, like the other agencies involved in the Albuquerque Heading Home collaboration, believe in the Housing First approach – an evidence-based approach that ends homelessness by providing individuals and families a home. There are no sobriety or employment requirements. We understand that by first housing people, we change the trajectory of their lives. Now living in a safe place, people are more likely to access services that will promote their health and well-being. We are committed to the supportive housing model which means we provide service coordination at our properties.
Vision Zero Albuquerque is part of an international movement to eliminate pedestrian and cyclist fatalities. After a 12-year-old student was killed at a crosswalk near Cleveland Middle School earlier this year, organizer Lee Ratzlaff encouraged the City of Albuquerque to adopt a Vision Zero Plan, but says community involvement as well as political action is necessary to counter autocentric culture in New Mexico. Vision Zero wants to empower citizens to “take ownership of our streets,” Ratzlaff says – to create solutions to roadway hazards and dangerous driving behaviors. Examples of projects that any citizen or small group of friends, neighbors, coworkers can do to help improve traffic safety in Albuquerque include chalking intersections and crosswalks with bright, colorful designs and posting “slow down” signs along roadways. This kind of guerilla-type city planning is also known as “tactical urbanism.” “Beautification encourages drivers to slow down,” Ratzlaff said “but, of course, don’t put yourself at risk of harm with this kind of action.”