Summer Series Issue 1 – Busking Provides a Low-Barrier Point of Entry for Musicians to Participate in the Entertainment Industry

Jeff Hertz

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. read more

Summer Series Issue 1 – Upcoming Event (Poetry for a Cause)

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. read more

Summer Series Issue 1 – A Continuum of Civic Action

Stephanie Martin

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.” read more

Letter from the Editor Issue #5

by Hannah Colton

Thank you for picking up Two Way Street! I hope what you find between these pages leaves you informed, inspired, and thinking a little differently than before you opened it.

This winter has been a time of internal learning and growth for Two Way Street’s all-volunteer team. Many times, I’ve been reminded that what we’re trying to do isn’t easy. Publishing an independent newspaper full of thoughtful journalism and interesting content isn’t easy. Recruiting and retaining vendors among our city’s insecurely housed and transient communities isn’t easy. Collaborating in a group of people with totally different communication styles and personal circumstances, and all without a physical home base – not easy. And of course, for our vendors, simply surviving during the winter is not easy. read more

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Trash to Treasure

by Hannah Colton

Santiago Hernandez’ career in small engine repair began in 2010 when his own lawn mower gave out. After hearing the repair would set him back nearly two hundred dollars, he got on YouTube and learned to do it himself. Soon he began driving around neighborhoods on trash days, picking up abandoned mowers to fix up and give to friends in need. After Hernandez set up a successful shop out of his garage in Denver, Sears contacted him to do their warranty repairs, which eventually led him to see an opportunity to open a shop in Albuquerque last year. read more