Although the west side of the Rio Grande has been inhabited for centuries by Native Americans and later European settlers, development began in earnest in the 1980s, allowing residents of Albuquerque to live away from the bustle of the city. The 1993 construction of a massive microprocessor factory in Rio Rancho
created thousands of jobs, and the quietude and expansive view offered by Vista Grande attracted many of its workers. Albuquerque's downtown hosts a number of museums that explain the history of the Rio Grande Valley, and showcase artwork and weapons from the settlement of the west. When it gets hot, a number of SummerFest events take place in and around the city, and although the largest is downtown, all include an open-air atmosphere with shopping and dining accompanied by live music late into the night, and local artists and breweries showcase their wares.