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East Central Gateway Albuquerque and the International District
Where is Tim's District (17)?
South East Heights and East Central: Borders are lomas, san mateo, gibson and tramway
Representing Albuquerque's International District: Wyoming Terrace, Van Cleave, Willow Wood, Miravista, MiraBella, Singing Arrow, Trumbull, South San Pedro, La Mesa, Expo NM, Fair West, Elder Homestead, Chelwood Vista, South Los Altos, Towne Park, Sandia Vista, East Central, Los Colinas, Grand Court, Los Altos Towers, Western Skies, South Pointe, Encino Gardens, Far East Route 66, Los Altos, Far East Central and Mile High, Longwood East, Sandia Technology Park, Four Hills Mobile Home Park and Terracita
map:  District 17

Our state government recently completed the redistricting process required by federal law based on 10 year census population changes. The Legislative maps have been redrawn for the coming decade.  The new map is available at: Our District 17 had only minor changes and will lose two precincts and gain three from its current configuration. This includes the following changes: The southern half of Willow Wood (precinct 324) will now be part of Senate District 19; Fair West Neighborhood (precinct 312) will now be part of Senate District 16; Precinct 275 of the Elder Homestead neighborhood, Princess Jean neighborhood (542) and Mesa Village (476) will join District 17.

What is the latest on the Fair Grounds?


- As part of the RFI process and in anticipation of the Governor’s visit to Expo NM this Friday at 1:30 pm at the African American Performing Arts Center, surrounding neighborhood groups and elected officials have outlined several desired themes to help guide Expo New Mexico's future planning. Earlier last month, 23 citizens representing 7 neighborhood associations, 4 organizations and 5 public officials gathered for a brainstorming session and are pleased to make the following recommendations. Ideas for a new plan for Expo NM include:

1. Keep the State Fair
2. Provide more job opportunities for area residents and be an asset for creating a community economic engine
3. Incorporate “Best of " ideas from other cities, i.e. Central Park, NYC; Millennium Park, Chicago; Soulard Market, St. Louis
4. Be an International/Cultural Destination (cultural centers, sister city cultures, International Consulate offices, etc.)
5. Include a Rt 66/Central Avenue Promenade
6. Home to a Permanent Grower’s Market/Flea Market (open, inviting, public) such as the Soulard Market, St. Louis
7. Be a Daily and Year-round Destination including Retail, Restaurants and Government Offices
8. Provide Year-round Family recreation that is community supported and include all age activities for children, teens, adults and elders
9. Provide Green Open walkways, lighted and no walls
10. A World Class Event Center like O2 in London that is multi-functional
11. Incorporate thoughtful mixed use planning with a parking garage, gate re-designs, multi-modal transportation, workable traffic flows, and safe
12. Use Green Building and alternative energy, i.e. solar panels on the covered grower’s market structure and utilize local companies
13. Include Athletic Fields for a variety of community sports such as soccer, Little League, etc
14. Include an Equestrian Center, depending on Mesa Del Sol plans
15. Exclude ideas for established long-term housing but consider State Fair housing and ‘artist in residence’ programs like the Santa Fe Opera
16. Follow a process that permanently includes Neighborhoods and other stakeholders
" The Fairgrounds re-development will impact area residents and neighborhoods for 50 years or more. The Governor is well served by having engaged citizens, their sharing of ideas and the value of their input," says Nancy Bearce, Coalition President.
"What to do with Expo NM was an important issue in the recent primary, I'm pleased our district is proactively voicing its ideas. I'm looking forward to working on this in the legislature," says State Senate District 17 Senator - Elect Tim Keller.
"I am excited to work with the Governor and community leaders on promoting a re-vitalized and vibrant Expo New Mexico that will serve the local neighborhoods as well as the entire state,” says State Representative Al Park, District 26.
Tim's Pick's of District (17)?
Supporting our District Businesses
  • TK's Favorite Dist 17 Eateries

    • I've been staying local in the neighborhood for most of my meals and have come up with some great gems that might be new to those who haven't ventured west of San Mateo and Central in while. If you are in the area check out:


      Breakfast: Newly Openned Tia Betty Blue's has excellent breakfast burritos and atole!  Ropers makes the best pancakes in town (try the green chile blue corn pinon cakes)! Bea's (both locations, the original on central is my fav) is an old staple that delivers. Copper Canyon is a Lovelace and base crowd fav, pretty good huevos.  When in doubt there is always #6 at the Golden Pride that always delivers. Perea's is another classic.


      Lunch: Powdrell's and JR's both bring some good bbq, Powdrell's being a little more spicy, JR's more thick and rich. The new Lil' Anita's for NM burrito and Baggins for sandwiches can't miss. Giovanni's Pizza offers, hard to find in NM, authentic NY style pizza. La Socilita and Basil Leaf are go to's for a great business lunch,Taaj Palace has an excellent buffet,  Burrito Lady has smokin hot Santa Rosa Style burritos, Chen's Chinese is also tops Chinese in this area by far. Plus, the new Dion's (for me in walking distance) always a great standby. Pizza 9 has a surprisingly good italian beef sandwich too and Pizza Castle is pretty good.  All that said, I do love some green chile teriyaki chicken bowl!  


      Dinner: Paul's Monterrey in is sweet throwback to the another era of smoke filled dark steakhouses, the food is still excellent with service to match, hasn't changed in 30 years and offers a truly authentic experience. Cooperage offers a slightly updated version with a massive salad bar. Cervantes offers the area's top New Mexican food and a sweet velvet lined bar!  I'm still waiting to try the new "Town House," a throw back to old days, hoping it will be as good.  El Norteno moved from Zuni but it still close by on Wyoming and Constitution has some of the best Mexican seafood in the city. Also a just outside the district, Paisano's has best pasta in town. We have a new Sadie's on Juan Tabo as well.


      Vietnamese: Cafe Trang and Coda Bakery (grilled pork and a ice'd coffee is tops), Que Hong (best for chicken and veggie), Cafe Du Lat (beef dishes and seafood) are my top 3 for overall menu. Get your emissions check and a spring role at Viet 2000!


      Grocery Shopping: Talin Market, El Mesquite and 99 Bahn cover almost anything you'd want and can't get anywhere else in NM, FruitiMex on Zuni is fun trip


      Dessert: La Michuacanna has more Popsicles and ice cream than you can imagine, and old school frito pie in the frito's bag! Chocolate Cartel for aztec and mayan spice 70%+ cacao and excellent Gelato


      Bars: ED's Pub makes bowling fun, Caravan East is where my parents used to go on dates, Blue Jeans Lounge has the best blues in town but recently closed, the lounge at Paul's Monterray is vintage and site of many movie filmings, even though its a chain, the Applebee's near Target is always packed for games.  hit up the Sanchez taco carts budding up all over after for late night snack.  For the throw back to my middle school days there is always Roller Skate City for fam fun.