It’s hard to believe Councilors Roman Abeyta and Signe Lindell are sponsoring an ordinance that could change the landscape of our city. It could allow developers to construct at least six-story buildings, apparently with no architectural design standards and no public input under certain conditions. This would be in effect anywhere around Santa Fe in certain designated districts under only simple administrative approval. Specifically, I believe the changes will help the developer in Las Soleras move forward. Property in the northwest quadrant could be sold and developed this way as well eventually.

The Santa Fe Planning Commission considers the ordinance Thursday, and it could go before the City Council by Aug. 28. My hope is the rest of the council will start letting the community have more input into how Santa Fe should grow — we don’t mind getting our hands dirty helping plan our future. Don’t rush this. I urge everyone to speak out.

Rick Martinez

Santa Fe

Locally sourced

Thank you, reporter Teya Vitu, for the excellent article about Nina Yozell-Epstein’s Squash Blossom Local Food (“Business is Blossoming,” July 13). You are helping spread the word about the many benefits of eating local food from local farmers. Eating fresh, local food is the most nutritious way to eat and promotes individual and public health over the short term and the long term.

And by buying food from local farmers or local food from farmers’ markets, subscription services like Squash Blossom Local Food, and CSAs, we help small-scale local farmers make a living and stay on the land, using organic methods to nurture our local soil, water and air. In addition, buying food from local farmers instead of corporate grocery stores nurtures our local economy and culture, and this enriches us all beyond measure.

Pam Walker

Santa Fe

Space dreams

Really enjoyed the story from John Miller of The Taos News about Wally Funk, a woman too often overlooked in the race for space (“Headed for space — finally,” July 10). For more information about Wally, check out the paperback Higher, Faster, Longer: My Life in Aviation and My Quest for Spaceflight, by Wally Funk as told to Albuquerque author, Loretta Hall, published by Hall in July 2020. Funk’s lifelong dream, capsulized in the title, is about to come true.

Kay Lockridge

Santa Fe

Shining sets

Speaking as someone who attended the opening night of The Marriage of Figaro at the Santa Fe Opera, and also as someone who has participated all my life in New York’s Off-Broadway theater scene, I must take issue with your reviewer’s comments about Chantal Thomas’ truly marvelous stage design (“Sterling performances, but ultimately a mixed bag,” July 12).

Brilliantly innovative, clever and continuously transforming, her set design practically stole the show. It backed up the action deftly. It seemed to have endless variations justly suited to the drama of each scene, and it revolved itself like the timepiece it represented around the daylong action of Mozart’s creation. It’s a rare thing when a stage set seems like one of the participants in the drama. I’m sorry your reviewer didn’t see it that way, but please, everyone who has tickets to this charming production should judge Thomas’ set design for themselves.

Garrick Beck

Santa Fe

Watch for skeeters

Even with relatively little rain in my area, we’re being besieged by mosquitoes, rarely a problem. I urge people to regularly walk their property and make sure there’s no standing water around. Please. I also urge the city to do what it can (and will) to address the problem. We don’t need outbreaks of West Nile disease.

Georgia Knight

Santa Fe

(8) comments

William Mee

A 350 unit apartment complex was allowed off of Meadows but not yet built. Buildings are 2 and 3 stories tall. Does this mean now that they can go to 6 stores tall and 800 units? Who is getting the money under the table? Can we check the campaign contributions?

The issue here is: we are killing the Goose that lays the golden eggs and we will all just wind up with a mouthful of feathers. Tourists come to Santa Fe to see the 3 story maximum Pueblo styled buildings. If they wanted to see tall stuff they can go to New York City or Chicago.

Ann Maes


ba hop

for cities that WANT growth but NOT urban sprawl? this is a no-brainer... only 2 ways to go UP or OUT...

Richard Reinders

How bout no growth at all until the drought is gone.

Philip Taccetta


ba hop

works for me...

Sloan Cunningham

Mr Martinez, Historic Santa Fe NM USA skyscape landscape is already changed for the future and it isn’t pretty. Look around. Eyes wide open. El Castillo’s Life Plan la Secoya Community on Old Taos Highway @ Paseo de Peralta is an example of gentrified ugliness that has not followed the architectural renderings presented at City meetings. One wonders if they are carrying-on as they wish because City workers have been working from homes the majority of the #COVID19 time. We cannot go back and it’s painful to think of looking at it and living with it for the rest of our lives.

Stefanie Beninato

First we saw the city proposing taller buildings at the Midtown Campus (65 ft). Then a developer on the southeast side of town wants to go to 75 ft. Imagine the visual canyons that will create and the interference with being able to appreciate the view of the natural surroundings--just go to Capitol Flats (Cordova and Penn Rd) and see how much that massive ("only") four story bldg blocks the view in every direction except of course for those residents. Yes, we need housing but do we really need these very tall bldgs?

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