BREAKING BAD, WALTER WHITE STATUE COMING TO ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO FOR TOURISM
American cities are always occupied with their finances, which is as it should be. And tourism is a major factor for almost all of them, to varying degrees. But how do you attract visitors? Great restaurants, hotels, sports venues for games and concerts. You get the idea. But what if your city has become almost synonymous with a very popular TV series? Say, a series like Breaking Bad? Well, if you’re Albuquerque, you go and add a statue of the main character, Walter White. And it’s not a bad idea, considering how the show has already increased tourist visits since it first came out over ten years ago.
BREAKING BAD IS ALMOST SYNONYMOUS WITH THE FINE DESERT CITY OF ALBUQUERQUE
Sure, the show didn’t hurt the idea of visiting Albuquerque by showing off the amazing deserts which look fantastical to anyone from almost anyplace else. The great cinematographic work served the show well, a nature counterpoint to all the drama in the storyline. I had to look that up, by the way, being maybe the only American who’s not Amish who’s never even seen a single episode of Breaking Bad. But despite that, the show’s success and popularity mean that I still know the name, Walter White.
BREAKING BAD STILL BREAKING GOOD FOR ALBUQUERQUE, AND STATUE WILL BE POPULAR
So where will the statue be? After it makes its debut on July 29th, it will be on display in the inside of the Albuquerque Convention Center. But the unveiling will bring out some big names, including Albuquerque Mayor Keller, actors Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, Better Call Saul co-creator and executive producer Peter Gould, and other special guests. Breaking Bad, it seems, is still breaking good for the city of Albuquerque. Let’s just hope the statue ends up as popular as Rocky Balboa in Philadelphia, and not sort of homeless like Detroit’s Robocop statue.