Let’s bring back Dina Titus’ idea of an urban growth boundary for the Las Vegas Valley. A decade ago, some regarded the notion as a brake on a booming economy, a hand in the pocket of developers, a slap in the face to the construction industry and an inconvenience to incoming residents hoping for an endless supply of brand-new housing on an ever-expanding suburban frontier. Things have, uh, changed. Today, new houses sit empty, occupied homes have plummeted in value, and new construction that would expand the city just sounds like a bad idea. Why not take a step that would increase the value of current homes, protect the environment and encourage business (and jobs) in reconstruction, refurbishment, modernization and infill? Why not commit ourselves now to an urban planning approach that envisions a vibrant community rather than an ever-expanding doughnut hole?
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Gorillaz are coming to Las Vegas for the first time ever. 2016’s Grammy winner for best new artist, Chance the Rapper, will return. English rockers Muse will bring their dizzying live show to the streets of Downtown. And that’s just the top of an eclectic bill that features more than 70 acts, along with comedy, interactive art installations, a group art exhibit featuring the work of Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson and Shepard Fairey and much more. Last year saw more than 137,000 attendees trod the festival footprint. Who’s ready for more?
Best of the City 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.