“I’m one excited mayor,” says City of Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman at the start of her seventh State of the City address. “It’s gonna be a banner year.”
In her 60-plus minute speech, Goodman made time for jokes on annexing land from Clark County and wondered who was betting on the length of her speech—her husband even asked about the over and under.
“When have you ever known me to be under,” she asks.
With jokes aside, she says the length of the speech was correlated to the progress that was made in 2017 and the prospects that await in 2018.
“We’ve already seen 1,700 new businesses open in 2017,” says Goodman, who foresees even more growth in the new year.
Helping with new developments, she adds the city will be embarking on a citywide masterplan.
Coming on the heels of the 1 October shooting, the beginning of Goodman’s speech honored the 58 victims as well as recognized the strength of Las Vegas. She also highlighted the ways residents gave back from donations of blood to the creation of a memorial garden, which only took four days with the help of more than 400 volunteers.
Moving forward, Goodman addressed the lingering concern—safety.
With security on the mind, she says the city is looking into emergency management training.
“I hope we don’t go there again,” she says. “But we will prepare and we will train.”
“We need your help,” Goodman says.
Moving forward in 2018, Goodman says the city will be working on issues surrounding homelessness.
“We haven’t solved it yet, but we are trying,” she adds.
As one potential remedy, the city is opening a new 24-hour facility within the Corridor of Hope to give those dealing with homelessness access to resources.
In addition to homelessness, she adds the city will continue investing in youth services and plans to start a summer jobs program called Strong Future.
From our interstates and roads to the ways by which we travel, transportation had a lot of changes in 2017.
Project Neon was the biggest undertaking.
“It will get worse before it gets better,” she says. “But it will be wonderful.”
Goodman talked about the various construction projects to our roadways, even highlighting the “royal pain” of converting Main Street to one way.
But that isn’t the only aspect of transportation.
In 2017, a bicycle sharing program was implemented Downtown. The city of Las Vegas even saw its first automated shuttle as well as the creation of Downtown Loop, a free service that shuffles people to Downtown attractions such as The Mob Museum and the Fremont Street Experience.
Looking toward the future, 2028 specifically, Goodman says the work to widen Interstate-15 between Primm and Barstow needs to begin now—something that sparked one of the few stand ovations.
“The Olympics will be in L.A. in 2028,” she says. “You’re not going to finish this project in a year or two.”
While referencing all the areas of Las Vegas, Goodman’s address focused attention on Downtown and the developments happening in the heart of the city, which includes Symphony Park, the Medical District, the World Market Center, the Las Vegas Premium Outlets and, of course, Fremont Street.
“The medical district is being enhanced by the school of medicine,” she says. “Keep your eye on it.”
While highlighting each section specifically, she sung the praises of Symphony Park in particular.
“Symphony Park is the pristine crown jewel of real estate in Southern Nevada,” Goodman says. “Or as it’s been called, ‘Las Vegas’ living room.’”
Goodman adds the city has “unlocked and freed up parcels of land” within the area to attract more businesses.
“These are components of [an] ongoing major Downtown Las Vegas revitalization,” she says.
In the six wards that make up Las Vegas, while Goodman described the various housing developments coming in, efforts Downtown took center stage.
“We created a Downtown Master Plan which estimates the need of 5,500 units of housing in various formats in the coming years,” Goodman says.
The city council has already approved housing units for the Symphony Park area and has plans to bring in more.
Goodman says more housing will not only attract more people to the area, but potentially more businesses and services.
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Last year, Las Vegas welcomed the Golden Knights, but we aren’t stopping there.
“And let’s not forget the Raiders are still coming here in 2020,” she adds.