Mobile Workshops

We are offering an exciting range of Mobile Workshops on Monday afternoon (October 2), and a walking tour on Friday afternoon (October 6). The Mobile Workshops are guided tours by passionate professionals, and will augment the theme of the conference. The Friday tour is for those who are not able to join a Monday tour.

* indicates that the Workshop offers AICP CM credits.

The size of each Mobile Workshop and tour is limited, so please reserve as soon as possible. Your place on the Workshop/Tour will be confirmed as soon as we have received your payment.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 2

1. Bike tour of Santa Fe’s primary bicycle trails *

Tour leader: : Joe Maestas, Council Member, Chair of the Bicycle & Trails Advisory Committee; and Tim Rogers, Santa Fe Conservation Trust, primary author of Santa Fe’s Metropolitan Bicycle Master Plan.

Start and end point: La Fonda Hotel Mezzanine
Monday, October 2, 2.30 - 4.30
Price: $45
(Maximum 20 persons)

Description: This slow and easy bicycle tour will visit three of the four primary urban trails that help Santa Fe earn recognition by the League of American Bicyclists as a “Bicycle-Friendly Community” at the Silver level.  We will visit the Rail Trail along an active commuter rail line, the Acequia Trail and bikeway along an historic irrigation ditch, and the River Trail along the Santa Fe River.  This year we are “going for the gold” and we hope that the long-awaited Acequia Trail underpass is open to bring us under St. Francis Dr. from the Railyard Park.

Participants will learn about suitable alignments for multi-use trails and how they can be linked with each other, and with selected streets, to create the backbone of a broader city-wide network for active transportation. Key desirable features to be described and experienced include improved access through parks, improved at-grade and grade-separated crossings, and the use of “wayfinding” signage to let system users know how to get around.  

Led by City Councilor Joseph Maestas, Chair of the City’s Bicycle and Trails Advisory Committee, and Tim Rogers of the Santa Fe Conservation Trust, the primary author of Santa Fe’s Metropolitan Bicycle Master Plan.

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2. Santa Fe’s historic plaza and Railyards* 

Tour leader: Thomas Leatherwood, Consultant, Santa Fe

Start and end point: La Fonda Hotel Mezzanine
Monday, October 2, 3.30 – 5.30pm
Price: $10
(Maximum 20 persons)

Description: The tour begins at the Santa Fe Plaza with a brief history. While the shops surrounding the Plaza are now substantially oriented to tourism, the Plaza itself remains the heart of the community. As Mayor Gonzales said recently: “Since the creation of the Plaza, public spaces have been about Santa Fe of being inclusive and welcoming, where our ultimate outcome is multi-cultural social integration. Our goal of public space is about bring people from all backgrounds together.”  

We then follow the Santa Fe River to Guadalupe Street, home to small shops and restaurants, continuing one block south to the Railyard.

The Railyard is home to our renowned Farmer’s Market, RailRunner commuter train, lively Warehouse 21 Youth Center, Railyard Performance Center, Arts District with contemporary galleries, contemporary art museums (existing Site Santa Fe and the proposed state museum), brewpub, REI, Cinema, many vendors, new housing – increasingly more of an 18/7 center of activity. We will discuss the history and Plan for the Railyard, and I’ll encourage a lively conversation about what works and opportunities yet to be realized. If the Plaza is the heart of the community, the Railyard offers the promise of being the City’s lungs – a vital center breathing life into the community as an everyday hub and beehive of commerce and activity, a gathering place for people from all over the city, including our immigrant population. You can help us to imagine what the Railyard might yet become!

Tom Leatherwood is a Santa Fe resident of 30 years who has been worked with historic cities and towns all over New Mexico in his career in urban planning, community and economic development.

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3. Historic Santa Fe *

Tour leader: David Rasch, Historic Preservation Planner

Start and end point: La Fonda Hotel Mezzanine
Monday, October 2, 4.00 – 5.00pm
Price: $10

(Maximum 20 persons)

Description: The tour will be led by David Rasch, Historic Preservation Officer for the City of Santa Fe.  He studied Santa Fe’s architectural history during 14 years of government employment, as a member of the Society of Architectural Historians, and as President of Friends of Architecture Santa Fe, the educational outreach of the American Institute of Architects, Santa Fe Chapter.

The internationally-recognized Santa Fe Style is a tapestry of voices from Pueblo, Spanish, and Anglo cultural traditions.  The non-decorated, hand-made, rectilinear room-block, stone construction of the Pueblos was combined with the rounded-edge adobe-brick construction and highly-decorated, curvilinear Spanish Plateresque and Churrigueresque styles into a Frontier Baroque at this northern edge of New Spain in 1608.  In the mid to late 19th century, an Americanization Period of construction imported central and eastern American commercially-produced materials and foreign architectural styles to “look” American, achieving statehood in 1912.  Immediately after statehood, Santa Fe’s citizens rallied to preserve our earlier traditions and created the Spanish-Pueblo Revival and Territorial Revival seen in today’s built environment.  The vocabulary of these diverse styles will be highlighted.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6

4. Walking Tour of Santa Fe

Tour leader: Santa Fe Detours
Start and end point: La Fonda Hotel Mezzanine
Friday, October 6, 1.15 - 4.00
Price: $10
(Maximum 20)

Description:   Santa Fe's original 2½ hour walk is a leisurely stroll and a delightful introduction to the history and cultures of Santa Fe. The walk begins in the Plaza where 400 years of history surround you. Together, we will explore the best of Santa Fe, meandering through narrow streets, and wandering down the Old Santa Fe Trail. You'll visit important historic sites, including Sena Plaza and the Barrio de Analco, see the San Miguel Mission, (oldest church in the USA), St. Francis Cathedral and the State Capitol complex. 

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