March 21, 2019 –
Having a lot of abandoned or foreclosed homes in your community can hurt morale and drag down property values. A group of neighborhood associations in Southeast Albuquerque are taking things into their own hands. The La Mesa neighborhood east of the fairgrounds has more abandoned properties than any other part of Albuquerque. Juan Francisco Lopez can pinpoint some of them in an instant. After living here for nearly 20 years, he has a sort of mental map.