The article starts out by stating, “Mayor Richard Berry shows where walkers have cut a trail through the brush at the Rio del Norte Riverside Trail to get to the riverbank, which adds to the deterioration of the Bosque.”
Now Berry is a botanist and an expert in deterioration. Could it be possible that animals made the step off the trail to get a drink of water? Or maybe a person who enjoys fishing in a natural undisturbed environment made the step off the trail? To make such a ludicrous statement is proof this mayor has no idea of what is going on and refuses to respect the will of the people.
Many groups, such as, the Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club and the West Side Coalition Neighborhoods Association (which represents around 20 neighborhoods) oppose Berry’s plan. Berry is neither a biologist, an expert on causes of trail deterioration, ecosystem specialist or a wildlife specialist. Notwithstanding, why is Berry still talking about this river boutique, the voters VOTED it down.
The Bosque has a delicate ecosystem; what affects will the construction and erection of this river walk boutique have on the Silvery Minos? This is a bad idea at this point in time.
The pictures on ABQ: The Plan, show lavish greenery and an abundance of water. We are in a drought. The Mojave Desert received a half inch more water than we did last year. Do you see any River Walk Boutique’s there? Of course Berry’s home has a huge amount of greenery like a south Florida estate. Berry doesn’t care if he wastes our precious water; but then again Berry is rich unlike the majority of Albuquerque where we have to work every day just to get by.
Berry promised during his first election he would not spend any money on a project (like his boutique) until police and fire were taken care of. Both the police and fire departments have been without a contract for years now. For the record; an Albuquerque women was assaulted at knife point, robbed and RAPED at the same location as where Berry wants his River Walk Boutique (READ IT HERE). Can anyone see why we need to take care of police and fire first?
Berry stated he wanted this out on the table for people to talk about. We should not even be speaking about this river boutique. The voters already told him NO! But elitist Berry is just that; an elitist.