September is always a fabulous time to be in the Village of Los Ranchos. The sights, sounds and smells of harvest and of early fall surround us.
As you will read our feature story on page 22, you realize the Village has had periods of bounty and periods of scarcity. Through our history of vibrancy and destruction, the land and the agricultural use of the land has been our hallmark.
Our modern forefathers saw the threat to Los Ranchos, not from the river, but from development coming from our neighbor city to the south, Albuquerque. For them, protection came only through incorporation and self-determination as a municipality.
Our Board of Trustees continues to honor and validate this commitment to maintaining the lifestyle of Los Ranchos and the vision of those forefathers.
Concurrently, we are taking the steps toward improvements to the business district along Fourth Street that will create a vibrant business sector that will complement the residential and lifestyle attributes of Los Ranchos.
Fortunately, as many of us recognize, we have a strong start with the existing businesses located in Los Ranchos. The survey of businesses conducted last year by Sites Southwest, highlighted the assets and opportunities along Fourth Street.
The clusters of businesses include; antique dealers, health and wellness related retailers and service providers, restaurants, automotive parts, service and sales, veterinarian and animal care services, feed, tack and ranch supplies, and small-scale manufacturing with associated retail outlets.
The Spirit of Los Ranchos is alive and well and will only get better as we start to make improvements to Fourth Street. It will not be an easy undertaking and one that will require patience and understanding from all of our residents and businesses. Our biggest challenge will be striking a balance between our commercial corridor and our adjacent neighborhoods. It is imperative that we send a message to our business community that we are not only open for business but embrace the current and new businesses with open arms, minds, and pocketbooks.
We have one of the greatest opportunities ahead of us and I challenge everyone to imagine what we can be if we just pull together as a community. I ask that we welcome the new businesses that are willing to invest in our community. Let's give them a chance to become integrated into our community.
I encourage you to explore and shop the wonderful businesses along Fourth Street.
I further encourage you to reach out to the new businesses and thank them for choosing Los Ranchos as their home. An alphabetical listing of all Village businesses can be found on the Village website at www.losranchosnm.gov.
- Larry P. Abraham, Mayor