Supercomplex or Edifice Complex? (Part II)

“Edifice Complex: a keen desire of a public or educational administrator to construct a building or buildings.”   I’m still talking about the proposed Supercomplex.  See Part I of this piece here.   Today I interview Moises Gonzales, assistant professor of Community and Regional Planning and former Loeb Fellow at Harvard who talks about why this move would be in exact opposition to of trends in urban planning in the last decade, in which cities have focused on revitalizing downtowns.  And on the subject of the selection of the (currently vacant and undeveloped) Las Soleras site for the project during the Richardson administration, Marc Bertram, landlord to the city and owner of a competing site for the project, talks about irregularities in the site selection process.  Finally, Chuck Gara, head of the Property Control Division under Governor Martinez, talks about the full plate his department has been handed and what has been going on since Governor Martinez took office.   And Jim Atwood has a New Mexico Minute about our dismal Medicaid fraud recovery statistics.

Listen to the show: (38 min)

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More:

Ted talk by James Kunstler on the horrors of sprawl: worth watching.

See the fundraiser invite from the the Skarsgard Firm, one of the Las Soleras developers, for a Governor Martinez fundraiser in October last year when her election was starting to look like a sure thing.

AG Low in Medicaid Fraud Recovery  (Don’t forget to support the ABQ Journal)
By on Wed, Nov 23, 2011

Lease savings achieved by Governor Martinez’s administration by renegotiation of existing leases.

Read news coverage on the proposed Supercomplex: (don’t forget to subscribe to our local paper, the Santa Fe New Mexican.  We need them!)

Officials scope out another site for state supercomplex
Kate Nash | The New Mexican
Posted: Friday, October 21, 2011

Office Vacancies Rise
By Mark Oswald / Journal Staff Writer
Posted: Sunday, Nov 6, 2011

Panel OKs supercomplex land deal; next stop: Governor
Steve Terrell | The New Mexican
Posted: Monday, November 15, 2010

New site floated for state ‘supercomplex’
Kate Nash | The New Mexican
Posted: Wednesday, August 19, 2009

And a “my view” on the ‘supercomplex’ by Sally Denton, an author who lives in Santa Fe. Oddly, not much has changed since Sally wrote this in 2009.
Supercomplex dredges up questions
Posted: Saturday, November 07, 2009

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