Why not revive the ring around the Valley?

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?

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Why not diversify  our schools?

Why Not?

Why not diversify our schools?

By Bob Whitby

The Clark County School District is enormous: 309,000 students as of the 2009-2010 school year, making it the fifth largest in the country; 8,000 square miles of territory, places as far flung as Mesquite and Laughlin; a budget of nearly $2 billion. So in this era of antipathy toward big government, it’s only natural to wonder whether we should break up the district into much smaller parts.