Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
latitude: 35.084, longitude: -106.651
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Albuquerque is a city in New Mexico at latitude 35°05′02″ North, longitude 106°39′04″ West.

The City publishes a large amount of public domain GIS data as part of its Open Data Initiative, including:

  • Transit data (bus stops, routes, real-time data)
  • Bike paths
  • Public art, registered historic places

There is also older data available at https://www.cabq.gov/gisshapes/README, including:

  • Latitude/longitude of all street addresses
  • Latitude/longitude of all schools, arroyos (flood control ditches), bus stops, libraries, swimming pools, bike trails, and more.
  • Addresses of all business registrations in the city (public records), which can be use in conjunction with the latitude/longitude of street addresses to map businesses.

Using this data, Albuquerque can become the "model" OSM city for municipalities that release GIS data to the public domain.

Street names

In Albuquerque, street names typically consist of a name, a suffix, and an ordinal (Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, or Southwest) relative to the city’s “middle point” at Central Avenue and the railroad tracks. For example,

  • Montgomery (name)
  • Boulevard (suffix)
  • Northeast (ordinal)

Some street names are in Spanish, so they consist of a prefix, then a name, then an ordinal in English.

  • Avenida (prefix)
  • César Chávez (name)
  • Southeast (ordinal)

When naming streets or adding addresses, don’t leave off the suffix or ordinal! Don’t abbreviate names either—it’s Doctor Martin Luther King Junior Avenue Northeast, not Dr Martin Luther King Jr Ave NE. Be aware that businesses sometimes list the wrong suffix or ordinal in their address, or omit the suffix or ordinal completely. Make sure you use the right address!

Note that Rio Rancho also uses ordinals in street names. Rio Rancho ordinals are relative to the center at Sandia Boulevard and Rainbow Boulevard. The boundary between Rio Rancho’s “Southeast” and Albuquerque’s “Northwest” is the Bernalillo County border, along Westside Drive.

Corrales does not use ordinal directions in street names.

Arroyos

Albuquerque has an extensive storm drain system. These drains are named “arroyos.”

Despite the name, they aren’t streams. They should be tagged with:

Arroyo names can often be seen on brown signs on bridges that cross over the arroyos.

Portions of an arroyo flow underground (as opposed to under a bridge), sometimes quite for quite some distance, before returning to the open air. Example. These should additionally be tagged with:

The direction of flow is important. Arroyos flow downhill, usually from the east side of town to the west until they hit the North Diversion Channel, which flows north into the Rio Grande.

To Do

  • Import ABQ Ride data from ODI.

See Also