This huge red arrow has marked the Indian Plaza shopping center for decades. The center was completely rebuilt a few years ago, but they kept the arrow since it had become almost a landmark. The mayor has been pushing to pass a sign ordinance in Abq to forbid commercial signs that are more than about 6 feet tall. Existing sign owners would have a few years to tear down their big old signs and replace them. As far as I know, they’re still arguing over the issue, but they did make it clear that the big red arrow at Indian School and Carlisle would get an exemption and be preserved.
Pet Shop Critter
There’s a pet shop on Eubank a little north of Lomas called Fins ‘n Critters. They have a couple of large, um, critters crawling on the outside of the building. This is one of them. If you get a chance to go inside, they have a cool saltwater tank. It’s about 8 feet tall and a lot of fun to watch.
Door to Nowhere
This door always reminds me of the doors on the beach in The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King.
This guy has been a fixture in the neighborhood for years. Some vandals set him on fire a few years ago, but the owners either restored him or re-carved him. He may be goofy, but if I ever need a chainsaw I know exactly where to go. I wonder if he’s responsible for Electrons vs Leaves?
Staples Bowling Alley Sign
There was a bowling alley on this corner for about 20 years. It closed a few years ago and a developer built a strip mall in its place. Someone, somehow, convinced them to keep the original bowling alley sign. It must look strange to someone from out of town, but for those of us who walked/rode/drove by that sign once or twice a day for decades, it’s a nice bit of nostalgia.