Vegas Seven

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    Best Statistic

    There’s been 87 percent growth in average annual job formation since May 2012. That’s 17,200 new jobs this year in Southern Nevada, representing every industry except the mining and information sectors. While it’s tempting to cite the upswing in housing prices, we’re forever wary of housing bubbles. But 17,200 new jobs? Solid.

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    Best Downtown Green Space

    “It really is an urban oasis,” effuses Downtown Cocktail Room owner Michael Cornthwaite of Huntridge Circle Park, which is quite literally situated on Maryland Parkway (just south of Charleston Boulevard; traffic curls around it). The oval-shaped park has come a long way since 2006, when the city closed it down in an attempt to curb violence and drug use.

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    Best Tweet About Las Vegas

    “How is Las Vegas different than Mos Eisley, except that our lounge acts have a larger repertoire?” — @JayFenster

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    Best Idea to Build On

    Sometimes a mist from the sea of scholarly labor sprays the masses on the shore. Such refreshingly accessible work is DesertSol, the name the UNLV Solar Decathlon team gave its house, which in October will be pitted against 19 other projects from around the world in a U.S. Department of Energy competition for best solar-powered, sustainable design.

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    Best Pedestrian-Friendly Amenity

    Aesthetically speaking, the Amargosa Trail bridge in Henderson is nothing special—just a mauve-colored steel structure, a chain-link fence and some concrete, all stretching about 18 feet above busy St. Rose Parkway.

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    Best Downtown Neighborhood to Invest in Now

    If you’re looking to buy a house Downtown, the “conjoined” neighborhoods of John S. Park and the Huntridge Tract—bordered by Las Vegas Boulevard, Charleston, 15th Street and Oakey—are your best bet.

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    Best Use of the Natural Landscape in a Park

    For years, the more curious and wide-eyed among Las Vegas kids would sit up a little higher in the back seat when Mom drove down Tropicana Avenue past Decatur Boulevard.

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    Best Cultural Nexus

    Emergency Arts is one of Downtown’s four arts hives. While each is home to good galleries and restaurants, they don’t quite have the energy that Emergency Arts and its most heavily trafficked business, The Beat Coffeehouse, generate on a daily basis. Everything from collaborative art installations to music festivals has been dreamed up by people sitting around tables at The Beat.

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    Best New Almost-Maybe-Kinda Law

    In the Miracle of Carson City—and the fact that we say that shows how cheap miracles go around here these days—the Legislature approved the voters’ right to decide in 2014 whether to remove the constitution’s 5 percent cap on mining taxes. If the voters say “yea,” the 2015 Legislature will be able to debate whether to raise—or, hey, reduce!—the taxes after all. So it’s a little early for Nevada schools to start rejoicing in the coming windfall.

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    Best Piece of Real Estate

    With apologies to Liberace’s former 15,000-square-foot home near UNLV, available for a mere $529,000 (cash), there’s only one piece of Vegas property that includes a suitable penguin habitat: 6629 S. Pecos Road, formerly Wayne Newton’s Casa de Shenandoah. The property was valued in bankruptcy papers at $50.8 million—though the owners picked up the property in 2010 for $19.5 million.

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    Best Place to Take a Selfie

    Let’s just get this out of the way: The same people own Commonwealth and Vegas Seven. But they don’t own the historic façade of the El Cortez or the spectacular streetscape of Fremont East, and that’s what you get from the rooftop patio of Commonwealth: a photo backdrop that’s like no other in this city. Taking a self-portrait up here is like using that setting on your Mac that puts you in the front seat of a roller coaster, except it’s real.

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    Best Nighttime View

    Tucked inside the L Building of the College of Southern Nevada’s Cheyenne Campus, the Planetarium is your best place to learn about the skies. With multiple presentations on Fridays and Saturdays, there are plenty of opportunities to get your astronomy fix.

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    Best Dog Park

    This 3-acre area—part of Sunset Park’s 2010 renovations, near Warm Springs and Eastern—provides all the amenities that any dog (and its owner) could want. There are three separate dog parks that rotate to allow for regular maintenance, giving dogs small and large their own areas, with plenty of grass and obstacles. Meanwhile, shaded picnic tables provide plenty of space for dog owners to hang out, helping provide a sense of community. What better way to make friends than alongside man’s best friend?

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    Best Place to Take First-Time Visitors

    The massive pieces of glass-and-metal art at the Neon Museum are very nearly as impressive in retirement as they were in life, and they are presented with the full reverence due such pop masterworks. The docents leading the tour groups know the full history of the signs—the hotels they represented, the artists who designed them and the time period that they existed in—but they don’t have a set script.

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    Best Sneaky Downtown Parking Space

    OK, so it’s not listed on the hotel website as one of the official benefits of signing up for Club Cortez (a.k.a. “Jackie’s Club”), but if you flash your card at the entrance to the El Cortez parking garage on North Seventh and Fremont streets, you get free parking there anytime.

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