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Although Downtown doesn't have many formal attractions short of its anchoring arts scene, this neighborhood rewards those who take a closer look. Along Central Avenue the parallel Gold Street there's a trail of architectural detail, from the Simms Building to the Venetian Gothic Revival Occidental Insurance Building, and the federal courthouse’s Spanish Mission pile. Hints of Albuquerque’s 1880s
railroad-era and Route 66 past abound; contemporary murals and a strong Public Art presence add to the appeal.
The historic Barelas neighborhood, to the south of Old Town and Downtown, features the must-see National Hispanic Cultural Center. Otherwise...
South of I–40 and the Northeast Heights, the East Side bridges the older and historic parts of Route 66 with pockets of newer development of...