The Albuquerque South Valley might be described as "Rurban" (don't look for this term in the dictionary). It is an interesting mix of downtown, suburb, and rural farm communities with industrial/rail activity. The 39 square miles comprises more than 1/3 of the metro area are roughly bounded by Central Ave to the north, I-25 to the south, I-25 to the east and Coors Blvd. to the west. One will find the humblest to the ostentatious in residential lifestyles, as well as everything in between. They range from small, one hundred-plus-year-old, adobes to the magnificent contemporaries with pipe-fenced, equestrian acreage and ancient cottonwoods. It is not unusual to see Canadian Geese and Sand Hill Cranes sharing pastures with expensive livestock.
Many say that much of the South Valley resembles "the now more affluent" Corrales of twenty to thirty years ago. The Valley is definitely in transition. With roads and infrastructure having been improved new shopping areas with the likes of Walmart, large grocery stores, banks, and franchises and other businesses are now serving the needs of the valley. Meanwhile, local growers supply Farmerï¿½s Markets. There are four Rio Grande River Crossings that directly feed traffic to and through the South Valley and to the Southwest Heights.
Besides its modern day energy, The Valley boasts an impressive cultural history. Francisco Vasques Coronado led the first Spanish expedition through the valley in 1549 followed by Juan de Onate in 1598. Before the arrival of the Spaniards there is Archeological evidence of Pueblo builders in the area over 600 years ago and nomadic "hunter and gatherers" having entered the area more than 12,000 years before them.
One must look to the past, the present, and the future to appreciate the eclectic South Valley.
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