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Minority residents file civil rights complaint over zoning

By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN
Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Some residents say zoning laws in New Mexico's largest city are discriminatory and leading to the erosion of one of Albuquerque's oldest and most historic neighborhoods, and they're asking federal housing authorities to investigate

The Historic Neighborhood Alliance and the Martineztown Working Group filed a civil rights complaint Wednesday, saying Martineztown lacks the zoning protections that the city has instituted for more affluent and less diverse neighborhoods.

Martineztown was settled around the time the United States acquired the land from Mexico in the Mexican-American War in 1846. Minorities make up more than 70 percent of its population.

Diana Dorn-Jones with the Historic Neighborhood Alliance says the city is allowing the neighborhood to be destroyed by industrial encroachment.

Mayor Tim Keller's office says it's also concerned about historical equity issues and encouraged all sides to work together to resolve the concerns.

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