Like the state and federal governments, the Albuquerque city council revises its districts every ten years following the federal census.  The work of the Albuquerque Redistricting Committee can be followed on their web site, where they publish a meeting schedule, agendas, minutes and recordings of meetings, and other material.

Among the important other material are five ‘concept maps’ produced to help spark discussion of possible approaches to redistricting and labeled A, B, C, D, and E.  The maps are informative, but since they are published as PDFs, it is challenging to compare them in detail.  The group Fair Albuquerque Redistricting (FAR) has created an interactive web map to make it a little easier to compare the concept maps and to relate them to other information.  The map is embedded below; it can also be viewed directly by clicking here.

You will need to click on the icon for Maps & Tools, the top-most icon on the right side of the map; you can then explore the map by turning layers on and off. You can also choose a base map (Open Street Map, Wikimedia, Bing Aerial), or no base map, using the bottom-most icon.

Current and proposed (maps A through E) districts can be identified by showing (a) district lines, (b) color, or (c) both. One way to compare plans is to show the lines for one plan with the colors for the other. Or you can select the boundary-line layers for several maps, to superimpose them. (Turning off the base map can help.)

Acknowledgements and data sources: Base maps from the Open Street Map project, Wikimedia, and Bing. Precinct boundaries use data published by the NM Secretary of State and distributed by the Research Geographic Information System repository at the University of New Mexico. Demographic data (shown by the Population 1:100 layer) is from the Public Law 94-171 dataset for New Mexico at the precinct (Voting Tabulation District) level extracted from Census Bureau data by the RedistrictingDataHub.org project (and joined to the precinct shape files). School locations, school districts, neighborhood associations, and zip codes use data published by the Geographic Information Systems staff of the City of Albuquerque. Maps of current districts and concepts A-E have been re-created from the maps prepared by Research and Polling, Inc., for the Albuquerque Redistricting Committee and published on the committee’s web site. Care has been taken in recreating the district maps, but errors are possible and no guarantees of accuracy are offered. Our thanks to all of these bodies for making this information available in useful forms.   This map was prepared by Michael Sperberg-McQueen in QGIS, a free and open-source geographic information system; the map is hosted on the web by QGIScloud.com / Sourcepole AG, Zürich.