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Albuquerque's East Downtown, EDo

East downtown, or EDo, is one of Albuquerque's undercover jewels. The small neighborhood has seen a lot of growth recently. Here's why.

It began in the era of the railroad

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The first platted subdivision beyond downtown Albuquerque in the early 20th century was the Huning Highland district. The subdivision came about the same month as the railroad's arrival. 

Known today as east downtown, or EDo, the area was once home to doctors, teachers and merchants. The predominant architecture of the time was Queen Anne, which can still be found still in the neighborhood today. 

In 1979, Huning Highland was designated a historic district by the city of Albuquerque, and in 1981, it was named a historic overlay zone. Since then, the area has seen a great deal of revitalization and growth, especially in housing. More recently, the revitalization has come to area businesses.

The area's recent revitalization has centered around the original Albuquerque High School

The original Albuquerque High School was built from 1914-1940, and was ultimately comprised of five buildings situated around a central courtyard. When the new Albuquerque High opened in the 1970s in a different location, the original school buildings went into disrepair. Recently renovated, they now feature condos and lofts with shops around their base.

The Lofts at Albuquerque High has a total of 234 homes in seven buildings. Along with the BelVedere/Urban Courtyard block of 13 buildings, they make for the city's highest density neighborhood.

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Shops and businesses are scaled to be part of a walkable area of the city

Dining at Hartford Square/Aileen O'Catherine

East downtown is part of a new urbanism that introduces design and development on a human scale. Walking along Broadway to the shops and restaurants near the old high school, you'll find ground level commercial shops, restaurants and businesses, with condos/apartments upstairs. Live/work is part of EDo's allure.

One of the area's newer restaurantsHartford Square features seasonal, local foods prepared daily. Find it north of Central on Broadway.

The Standard Diner offers a unique take on comfort food

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Around the corner from Albuquerque High and the Broadway shops lies Central Avenue, which was once known as Route 66. An old gas station from the Route 66 heyday was converted into what is now known as the Standard Diner. Featured on Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, the show's host, Guy Fieri, said there was "nothing standard about Standard Diner." 

Break the Chain also visited Standard Diner

A few steps further east is a favorite breakfast spot

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A & B's Lunchbox is known for its friendly staff and great food. It also has an intimate patio courtyard, where breakfast and lunch can linger on with the help of a fine cappuccino.

An early EDo stakeholder, the Artichoke Cafe, continues to impress

Artichoke Cafe/Aileen O'Catherine

A few steps further east on Central the Artichoke Cafe continues to draw sophisticated palates to its New American cuisine. The restaurant has an extensive and award winning wine list and a fully stocked bar.

Crossing Edith Boulevard you'll find Farina and local shops

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Continue east to the Artichoke's sister restaurant, Farina Pizzeria and Wine Bar, for upscale pizza and beer

Stop by Craft for a haircut or color, and the Octopus and Fox for unusual handmade gifts. Other nearby shops include a yoga studio and clothing store. 

Holy Cow is said to have some of the best burgers in town

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Holy Cow's large open patio invites burger lovers to enjoy Albuquerque's beautiful skies while munching down on grass-fed beef.

The nearby Grove Cafe is another popular EDo restaurant, known for its fresh, local foods and neighborhood feel.

EDo may not be large in size, but it serves a large number of choices for the palate.

Hotels from the Route 66 heyday still provide a place to stay

EDo has a number of older hotels that were built during the Route 66 boom days. They continue to provide service, and several still have their retro signs.

Newer hotels include Parq Central

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The boutique Parq Central Hotel was once a hospital, and continues to have a medical theme. Its Apothecary Lounge provides panoramic views  of the mountains and downtown from its rooftop location. The vintage apothecary bottles at its bar point to the area's past.

Queen Anne style homes are neighborhood mainstays

An EDo home/Aileen O'Catherine

Sought out for its older homes, walkable streets and central location, EDo provides a sense of history and community.

At its heart, EDo is a neighborhood

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The historic district takes pride in its vintage houses and has a walkable, neighborhood feel. An old gas station at the corner of Walter and Coal is now Preservation Station and the site of the annual block party for the Huning Highlands Neighborhood Association. A community garden beside the station provides a space for neighbors to relax, garden and meet between the sunflowers and marigolds.

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With its sense of historic style, innovative present and amenities that include shops, restaurants and businesses, it's no wonder that EDo has become one of Albuquerque's most popular neighborhoods.