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Santa Fe’s Street Stories

Because our transportation network plays a role in our Stories

Plaza Shadows

Plaza shadows

second place

Looming shadows of the Original Way to Get Around By Weston Keller

Looming Shadows of the Original Way to Get Around

Weston Keller

third place

"BBQ After Biking" by Justina Pecos

BBQ after Biking

JustinA Pecos

fourth place

Keep Walking - Look Forward by Paula Senes

Keep Walking - Look Forward

Paula senes

Anyone interested can connect with us on facebook to discuss the work (& we are reachable via email and phone as well) !


First Place $500.00: Zubin Stillings for “Plaza Shadows”

Second Place $350.00: Weston Keller for “Looming Shadow of the Original Way to get Around”

 Third place $250.00: Justina Pecos for “BBQ After Biking” 

Fourth Place $100.00: Paula Senes for “Keep Walking – Look Forward”

Dear Santa Fe Youth who participated in this effort,

Thank you. Even if your work did not win, and even when it was disqualified for not precisely following the details and guidelines. All of your photos were beautiful. There was only a single shot that we can’t remember.

Please, keep speaking your truth and telling your stories to every person that you can. You are so valuable, your perspective essential.

-Santa Fe’s MPO

Why the highlight? The word here is supposed to mean the “the participation of an individual in the creation of transportation infrastructure”. Every transportation project, all our infrastructure, begins with an idea inside the head of a person. Thank you then, for sharing your ideas

Winning photographs were selected by SFMPO staff and the three following guest judges. The SFMPO Thanks them for giving their time and trained eye to this effort.

In no particular order, they are: 

  • Urey Lemen who picked up his love for photography as a boy watching his father take family pictures and home movies.  An avid outdoorsman Urey is mainly a landscape and wildlife photographer.  He is a current and founding member of the Albuquerque Photographers’ Gallery in Albuquerque’s Old Town. 

  • Ken Duckert’s photography started with a Kodak box camera in 1955.  Later in 1966, photography helped pay college costs.  He loved to travel and had a popular website showing his photos.  Ken has served as a leader in the Corrales Art community and taught numerous wildlife photography workshops.  He photos have been shown in galleries, shows, public offices and restaurants.  He has won numerous awards for his work and now shows his work on a limited basis in Corrales.  

  • Jerry Goffe. Photography has been Jerry Goffe’s professional career for over 40 years. Nature and wildlife photography is Jerry’s passion. He traveled throughout Alaska as well as Costa Rica every year leading photographic tours. He was a volunteer, guide and photographer at Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. He was also a volunteer at the Rio Grande Nature Center and was an instructor at CNM. Jerry takes great joy in sharing the beauty and splendor of nature and is often referred to as “The Bird Paparazzo.” His photographs have appeared in Sunset Magazine, Audubon Magazine, Architectural Forum, Sierra Club Magazine, AIA Journal, El Defensor Chieftain, Smithsonian Magazine, Slippery Rock Gazette, Strad Magazine, The Mountain Mail and National Geographic. His images can be seen at the United States Supreme Court and the Library of Congress. 

Activity Book!

Follow Francis as she has a busy day in Santa Fe with her family! The pdf holds fun transportation-related activities and games,  and is interactive when you download it

Read More street stories!

Rose's Story

My husband had taken me to Joseph’s to celebrate my birthday a couple of summers ago. We were in town to explore moving here. I remember I looked out the window and noticed bicyclists whizzing past. I thought, “Oh, this is a town where people get around on bikes!” We moved here and were riding our bikes past Joseph’s and my husband recalled our dinner. He said "now you’re one of those people here who gets around by bike."

Carlos's Story

Streets and the right-of-way have a lot of unused space. Last year, I started spreading tons of native wildflower seeds and, this year, I've been seeing a lot of them blossoming where I walk.

We want to hear your story too!!

Sarah's Story

The street in front of my house reminds me of an egg with all of its cracks. There are also patterns of weeds growing inbetween the asphalt.

Melissa's Story

My favorite streets in Santa Fe are the ones that termed "Bike friendly". They have the Sharrows and a side bike lane. I live on Don Gaspar Ave and to me, this is a lovely street. It is only missing curb cuts that would support the large beautfiul trees. I feel sad to see all that stormwaster resource flowing away.

here are ways to Reach us

You can message us, or post it on our page

Use our survey monkey link, and we can post it on this page after review

email Leah or Hannah, anytime, about anything. Title it "street story" if you hope to see it on this page!

Jennifer's Story

Guadalupe Street is bustling with stores, restaurants, and entertainment...as well stories....This is my neighborhood and we walk and drive Guadalupe Street daily. I love it and love the historic and growing sense of community in our neighborhood.
Jennifer included a non-SFMPO community Link!

Erick's story

For several years my commute was with my young daughters along Aqua Fria Street, which brought us past a weird castle looking apartment. The Tower house and the fabled Princess awaiting the Prince on the horse to rescue her. Five years later, they still reflect on her fate each time we pass.


My street is narrow, which forces all of us to pass slowly and interact with each other.

Daniel's Story

First, I have to say that our investments in trail infrastructure have changed the community for the better. I ride a bike to work and find the new trails amazing. So many more people out and about. This is what is at the core of community. But I also have been walking a baby with a stroller regularly over the last year and am pretty alarmed about the condition of sidewalks, access, obstructions etc. If people with stroller or people in wheelchairs can't get to the trails, it's like not having them.

Melinda's Story

One beautiful autumn day I grabbed my watercolors and bicycled down the Santa River Walk-Bike Trail. The mountains were glowing, with bits of snow at the top, so I stopped to paint the scene. Suddenly, I felt a tap on my shoulder. A friend was running along the trail and wanted to buy my painting.

Leah's Story

Once I was biking on the rail-trail and I ran into a girl who had the same bike as me! We stopped and chatted a bit, and when she introduced herself, She said "hi my name is Leah.” That’s my name!

Hannah's Story

The first time I spent the night in Santa Fe was over Christmas. My friends that I was visiting took me caroling up canyon road. I later found out that my future husband was also there, though we didn’t meet that night. Now I always think of possibilities when they string the lights on Canyon.

Thanks to 

Frank Buffalo Hyde

for the use of his mural at the top of this page,

and visible in-person at the IAIA campus in Santa Fe.

Click on his name above to go to his website

Ah... the glorious cars

“While crossing today, at Alta Vista and St. Francis with the crossing sign for pedestrians I was challenged by two large pickup trucks who came at speed to the crosswalk, one from the east and one from the west. I was not sure they would stop for me or the woman crossing in the opposite direction. For a moment I stood still and raised both arms. They both stopped. I gestured toward the woman to indicate the driver should look for her. Am I wrong? Do cars Yield to Pedestrians or challenge them? This threatening behavior of drivers is endemic in Santa Fe and more so on these "in town highways" like St. Francis Dr. I cannot comment on the phrase "Glorious cars" of this photo taken at Cerrillos near Zafarano Dr. I am too abashed by the poor driving habits of too many Santa Fe drivers.”
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After mapping, projects can be prioritized for funding and implementation. The highest priority projects will be accessible for review with member governments so they can be included into the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). . Based on concentrations of high priority projects, high priority pedestrian improvement zones can be designated to complete improvements by geographic area.