Talk:Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Organization[edit]

I'm re-arranging the order of some sections for a more logical presentation. The geography section now flows from the physical features to the layout of the city; the architecture section was moved to the Arts & Culture section; etc. Also spreads some images and tables to break up some cluttered areas. More content needed in many sections, of course. Laszlo Panaflex (talk) 00:30, 24 April 2015 (UTC)

Police Shootings[edit]

Do you think we should add a section regarding the recent issues regarding the police, particularly the shooting of James Boyd? It made international headlines and sparked protests throughout the city. As a resident of ABQ I can tell you that people are still very much talking about it and the wounds have not healed. — Preceding unsigned comment added by MartianColony (talkcontribs) 03:41, 25 April 2015‎

The article link is James Boyd shooting. Adding a very brief mention seems like a good idea. The incident doesn't define the city, but it's a notable incident in its history. Grayfell (talk) 04:06, 25 April 2015 (UTC)

City Councilors[edit]

I see that the mayor is mentioned but the 9 city councilors are not. Is that information that should be included? http://www.cabq.gov/council — Preceding unsigned comment added by MartianColony (talkcontribs) 03:41, 25 April 2015‎

That seems unnecessary. It would be a good addition to Government of Albuquerque, New Mexico, though. Grayfell (talk) 03:58, 25 April 2015 (UTC)

"Albaricoque" explanation[edit]

The current article includes this curious tidbit:

Western folklore offers a different explanation, tracing the name Albuquerque to the Galician word albaricoque, meaning "apricot". The apricot was brought to New Mexico by Spanish settlers, possibly as early as 1743. As the story goes, the settlement was established near an apricot tree, and became known as La Ciudad de Albaricoque. As frontiersmen were unable to correctly pronounce the Galician word, it became corrupted to "Albuquerque".

Actually, Western folklore does not offer this explanation, a writer named LB Mitchell offers this explanation in a 1949 issue of a journal entitled Western Folklore (per the footnote). Other curiosities include the fact that albaricoque also means apricot in Spanish, not just Galician. Finally, it seems farfetched to believe that Albuquerque is a corruption of albaricoque when the city had a governor whose name was Albuquerque, obviously a much more plausible explanation. This whole section should just be erased in my opinion. Valkotukka (talk) 22:30, 21 May 2015 (UTC)

Mitchell attributes this explanation to "folk etymology" and points out difficulties with the "albus quercus" derivation. The passage could certainly be improved, but it is properly sourced. At any rate, an editor disagreeing with the conclusion of a RS is not grounds for removal. Laszlo Panaflex (talk) 23:18, 21 May 2015 (UTC)
Even if the name Albuquerque is not derived from "albus quercus," the name of the town is presumably derived from the Portuguese guy who already had that name. But hey, it's properly sourced, there is no limit to space on the internet, so why not make the article as long as possible... (this is basically a structural problem of Wikipedia). — Preceding unsigned comment added by 80.99.17.181 (talk) 14:59, 5 June 2015 (UTC)
The "albus quercus" explanation was put forth by a member of the Alburquerque family as the derivation of their name. Mitchell disputes that derivation and argues that the albaricoque origin is more likely. And Wikipedia articles include "all majority and significant minority views" published in reliable sources. What you term a structural problem is seen by others as scholarly rigor. Laszlo Panaflex (talk) 15:35, 5 June 2015 (UTC)

Timeline of Albuquerque, New Mexico[edit]

What is missing from the recently created city timeline article? Please add relevant content. Contributions welcome. Thank you. -- M2545 (talk) 08:22, 29 May 2015 (UTC)

Ethnicities section in infobox does not add up to 100%?[edit]

69.7% + 4.6% + 4.6% + 3.3% + 2.6% + 15.1% + 46.7% = 1.46600 (146%) — Preceding unsigned comment added by 75.10.142.166 (talk) 03:51, 25 August 2015 (UTC)

Look at the source: "Hispanics may be of any race, so also are included in applicable race categories." Laszlo Panaflex (talk) 03:59, 25 August 2015 (UTC)