Downtown Albuquerque featured in new video

Posted at: 09/18/2013 8:18 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Downtown Albuquerque plays a starring role in a new music video running on YouTube, along with the state Tourism department’s website and the Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau website.

The three minute flick, with music by a local band called Richmond, targets tourists and city residents, too – many of whom will tell you they haven’t been Downtown since Elvis died. The video seems to fit right in with the state’s “New Mexico True” ad campaign.

“We feel like we conveyed true Downtown in that video,” said Debbie Stover, who commissioned the project for the Downtown Action Team. “We’re not trying to glamorize it. We’re trying to show it exactly the way it is. It’s real, it’s awesome, and there’s a lot of things to do, and that’s sort of the point. We didn’t want to make it anything that it wasn’t.”

OK, there are no panhandlers or sleeping winos in the video – but hey – this IS a promotional thing here!

We took it and played it for some of the people who live and work Downtown.

“It shows some pretty good stuff,” said Anita Harrison, who works at the Gizmo store. ‘ But I don’t really get the point. I don’t think it’s going to draw in the tourists, not really.”

“It’s boring,” said Jordan Roussan, who owns the Amani skin care and jewelry store on Central. “They need more kinds of stuff than that. More people doing stuff.”

Well, maybe they’re too close to it. Those Downtowners are a tough bunch! You want to check it out for yourself – here’s the link.