Neighborhoods at a Crossroads: Hoffmantown

Anthony “Tony” DellaFlora spoke about the History of the Hoffmantown neighborhood in NE Albuquerque and showed a documentary from his “Neighborhoods at a Crossroads” series. The program was held on Sunday, July 17, 2022 at the Albuquerque Museum at 2000 Mountain Rd. NW in Old Town. The presentation was live-streamed on the Albuquerque Historical Society’s Facebook Page.

When the population of Albuquerque boomed after World War II, Sam Hoffman, a Phoenix-based homebuilder saw an opportunity. Hoffman acquired a plot of land near Wyoming and Menaul NE in the early 1950s and built the Hoffmantown subdivision on what was the edge of town at the time. This pioneering project featured a totally planned community, with sturdy, affordable homes for the city’s growing middle class, a large park and the iconic Hoffmantown Shopping Center. It would serve as a model for future growth in Albuquerque’s Northeast Heights. Hoffmantown is the sixth in a series of neighborhood profiles produced by DellaFlora for the city’s GOV-TV cable station.

Photo of Anthony DellaFloraAnthony DellaFlora began his award-winning documentary film career more than 25 years ago as producer of the cult classic High Strange New Mexico, an independent production about the state’s UFO subculture. Since then, he has produced dozens of documentaries for PBS, GOV-TV and the city’s Public Art program on a variety of subjects including the Balloon Fiesta, Open Space, the National Senior Games, Breaking Bad, volcanoes, Native American cosmology, public art projects, and the federal judicial system. He is currently finishing the seventh in a series of profiles on Albuquerque neighborhoods.