At a time when—politically, economically, culturally—so much seems so wrong to so many of us, it’s easy to forget about the environment. It’s the ultimate peace-and-prosperity issue, the thing we think about when everything else isn’t on our mind. But as global weather patterns grow curiouser and curiouser (to paraphrase Alice, who visited a place even weirder than 21st-century Vegas), we no longer have the luxury of waiting for a calm moment. Fortunately, as Heidi Kyser writes, Southern Nevada municipalities have been not only thinking about sustainability but acting on those thoughts, investing in programs that will likely pay off for decades to come. Meanwhile, as Nora Burba Trulsson reports, Nevada has put itself at the national forefront in LEED-certified sustainability design—and has sparked a quiet aesthetic revolution in the process. In ways both great and small, Las Vegans have responded to the need to be smarter in our stewardship of the environment. In an age when so much seems beyond our control, here’s a place where we can actually make a difference.
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.