Otello Dell’Elmo, born in Italy, worked in a barbershop in Commercial Center back in the 1970s. He moved there from a barbershop near the Charleston Plaza Mall, where the Fox Theatre once stood. Dell, as my dad knew him, didn’t want to go to Commercial Center, but had to when the old shop moved. So he packed up his clippers and his Playboys, and off he went. I’m not sure if he ever got over it, but I do know that the Playboys never reappeared. So, Commercial Center’s got that strike against it.
Your answer is embedded in your question: Commercial Center is, well, a commercial center. The property is privately owned; it’s a shopping mall, essentially. It couldn’t masquerade as an arts district any more than Town Square can pass itself off as a true urban environment. And unlike the improvement of downtown infrastructure, the revitalization of Commercial Center is a private concern. Unless, of course, you think that the city should help pay for it. Socialist.
With no disrespect meant toward these professions, I don’t want my child to be a cocktail waitress or a go-go dancer or a valet attendant or a bartender. Should I move?
Yes, you should move. But only as a penalty for asking such a question.
Should Summerlin become its own city?
Much as residents of Henderson took to wearing “Green Valley 89014” T-shirts back when Green Valley mattered, Summerlinites have invested a lot of effort into disassociating themselves from Las Vegas: Writing “Summerlin, NV” as their return address, demanding that the planes that bring the tourists who keep our state afloat stop pooping noise into their gated communities, admonishing Harry Morton for thinking “Pink Taco” was an appropriate restaurant name ... So, yes. Summerlin should incorporate. And then the Las Vegas Valley Water District should charge them $10 a gallon for pumping all their water uphill.