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Neighborhood Spotlight: La Luz …Evolving Green with the Times

Posted by Chris Lucas on November 9, 2017
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La Luz: Becoming greener…

Welcome to world-renowned architect Antoine Predock’s Westside New Urbanist-style oasis. Set along the river near Coors & Montano, La Luz includes 96 adobe-built townhomes spread across 5 acres of gardens & greenspaces, along with a pool & tennis courts, amid 40+ acres of Forever Open Space sitting on the Rio Grande Bosque.

Celebrating almost 50 years–and already on the National Register of Historic Places– La Luz is evolving. Recognizing that the MetroABQ’s natural resources are not boundless– especially water–the community created some landscaping goals. One was to reduce water for greenspace irrigation by 50% by replacing shrubs & grasses with low-water plants; another goal was to cut down on water usage by turning several of the fountains into planters. Punching holes in the concrete bottoms for water drainage, then filling the planters with low-water grasses, flowers & shrubs accomplished that goal. The re- landscaping project is a long process–the removal of the existing grass to full maturation of the new grasses and plants, generally using low-water blue gramma and buffalo grasses, takes 4 years. The vision is to have landscape that
harmonizes and compliments the unique La Luz architecture…

See Neighborhood Spotlight: La Luz for a map.

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