On the Road in Albuquerque

The central New Mexico city of Albuquerque has a wealth of natural beauty, a moderate climate, and many of the challenges of larger metropolitan regions throughout the United States. At approximately 5,000 feet, it has one of the highest altitudes of any major U.S. city. Its population growth is more reflective of recent migration trends than of the area's indigenous origins. Émigrés are attracted to its moderate climate (snow and temperatures of 100 degrees are rare), natural resources, and casual lifestyle. Its military bases and its distinction as a center of nuclear research also make the region home to a large population of “army brats.” The majority of fine retail jewelers interviewed by JCK are located in the northwest quadrant of the city, known as “Uptown,” which serves as the city's major shopping district and home to some of its more affluent residents. The retai

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