More and more friends

  Following the lead of other states that face a fast-growing population and diminishing open space, New Mexico residents recently established 1000 Friends of New Mexico. The organization hopes to "encourage responsible land-use planning and find innovative alternatives to the expansion of suburban sprawl," says Ken Balizer, a planner who is the group's founder and president. The nonprofit group is modeled after one founded in Oregon in 1975 (HCN, 9/5/94). Seven states, including New Mexico, have now followed Oregon's example and developed 1000 Friends programs; all are loosely affiliated with the National Growth Management Leadership Project in Oregon. For more information on the New Mexico group, contact Jim Norton, 320 Galisteo St., Suite 203, Santa Fe, NM 87501 (505/983-3445).