Recently I changed Old Town into a complex attraction, but now I'm wondering whether to give it its own "district" article. There seems to be enough there to warrant its own article, but I'm still new to Wikitravel so I'm not really sure.
For those who have been to Old Town, what do you think? Is Old Town worthy of an article? PerryPlanet 17:55, 25 December 2006 (EST)
I don't think so -- yet. Albuquerque is a bit small to call for the "huge city" template/approach. The article can probably be kept to manageable size without breaking into districts.
Incidentally, you've been doing a FANTASTIC job with this article. I've learned stuff from it that I didn't know despite having lived just down the road a piece for over 25 years. Great work; I think this is another star article in the making. -- Bill-on-the-Hill 18:54, 25 December 2006 (EST)
Push for Star status
I think we're getting really close now. Imagine, two New Mexico star articles! Anyway, here's what needs to be improved if we want to turn this into a star:
Needs a map
Better Sleep listings (and more of them, too)
More in the "Buy" section
Anything else you can think of.
With the exception of the map, I'm afraid I might not be of too much help. I don't do a lot of shopping (other than grocery shopping) and I've haven't needed to sleep in a motel in Albuquerque anytime recently.
Also, I noticed we don't have any price ranges for when we call something "Budget", "Mid-range", or "Splurge" here in Albuquerque. I really have no idea what these would be. Any ideas? PerryPlanet 19:50, 27 June 2007 (EDT)
Considering how many Star articles there are that would be amazing. As far as hotel ranges per diem for Albuqueque is $70 so the low mid range should be right around there. I did a quick check of the what was there and Crossland is $40 - $50, Microtell $55 - $70, The courtyard is $90, the pyramid is $130 -$180, the Hyatt is $300 - $500. So I guess going on how it is already sorted, and what seems to make sense: Budget - Under $60/$65, Mid - $60/$65 - $150?$200?, high - $150/$200+. Hotels can probably be found by doing research, as people stay in them they can add commentary I suppose. One question I have, I can't see Rio Rancho, Bernillio, or Coralles justifying their own article and it seems like they should be included in ABQ, as it is all the Albuquerque Metro Area (redirect the articles to here in case someone is looking for them). If we go that route a lot of information will need to be added... I am brand new here, do you know how other 'metro' articles are done? Ralthor 21:26, 27 June 2007 (EDT)
Bernalillo already has its own article actually. But I agree that there's not enough in Rio Rancho and Coralles to justify articles for them, and I don't think they're well-known enough that we need to do redirect articles. One thing we can do is put Rio Rancho/Coralles stuff in the ABQ article (unless it's much closer to Bernalillo, in which case we could put it the Bernalillo article), or perhaps we could put it in the Central New Mexico article? It depends on how much there is to share about Rio Rancho. There really doesn't seem to be a whole lot for the tourist out there.EDIT: I just looked at the Rio Rancho and Corrales chamber of commerce websites. Corrales has a couple of nice places and a little main street business district. Frankly, I think that could fit really well into the Central New Mexico article (quaint little village just outside ABQ, really fits the feel of that article) with a single "See" listing on Corrales mentioning the nice little main street district, and then perhaps a couple "Eat" listings if we feel like (in fact, there's already an "Eat" listing for a place in Corrales). As for Rio Rancho, it seems like the only thing they've really got is the arena where the Scorpions hockey team plays, and I think we could just stick that into a "Do" listing in the Albuquerque article, like the Isotopes and the Lobos. PerryPlanet 23:35, 27 June 2007 (EDT)
That sounds good, Rio Rancho really only has the Santa Ana Center, I can't think of anything interesting to travelers except maybe the plans for city-wide wifi, and Intel is already under Work section. I lived in Corrales for a year and definetly considered it part of Albuquerque, but it is certaily different, its like a rural town hidden inside a big city, the main street starts basically at the Cottonwood mall (can add that under shopping if we include Rio Rancho) and comes back out at the top of Rio Rancho so its hard to seperate it out. But this seems like a good course of action. Include Rio Rancho in Albuquerque, Coralles in Central New Mexico and mention it here, make sure Bernalillo stuff gets put in Bernalillo (and mentioned in Albuqueque, which it currently isn't). Ralthor 21:10, 28 June 2007 (EDT)
In my opinion Rio Rancho should eventually have its own article; it's a "destination" for professional travel because of Intel. Mention the hotels and restaurants there, since people traveling to Intel on business will likely stay/eat in Rio Rancho. The situation with Corrales is a bit less clear, but I'd lean toward eventually writing an article for it too. Albuquerque is unusual in not really having "suburbs" other than Rio Rancho; most of the other towns in the metro area (Corrales included) developed before ABQ grew out to meet and envelop them, and have their own distinctive identities as a result. This argues in favor of distinct articles, with the same level of content and development as in articles for the state's other small towns. However, it's not urgent. -- Bill-on-the-Hill 11:24, 29 June 2007 (EDT)
GREAT news everyone! I finally was able to hone my developing map skills and I created a pretty decent map of Albuquerque. I am also going to make a smaller Downtown/Old Town map very soon, and you can see the boundaries for it on the current big map. I just couldn't fit all the stuff in that area onto this big map, it's going to need its own little map. PerryPlanet 06:32, 15 August 2007 (EDT)
UPDATE: I finished the Downtown/Old Town map. PerryPlanet 23:38, 16 August 2007 (EDT)