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September 17, 2014

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Face to Face’ poll: Is downtown redevelopment worth the cost?

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman will be on "Face to Face With Jon Ralston" tonight to talk about the Mob Museum, City Hall and the open seat on the City Council.

The city of Las Vegas spent $42 million on the Mob Museum and $185 million on a new City Hall, then sold the existing City Hall for $18 million to a downtown developer who is leasing it to Zappos, a company expected to have a significant economic impact on downtown.

Tell us what you think about the city's redevelopment efforts:

'Face to Face' poll: Downtown redevelopment

Is it a good investment in the future of downtown or an unwise expenditure of tax dollars?
Good investment — 67.4%
Unwise expenditure — 28.0%
Don't know — 4.7%

This poll is closed, see Full Results »

Note: This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

"Face to Face" airs live at 6:30 p.m. on NBC affiliates throughout the state: KSNV Channel 3 in Las Vegas, KRNV Channel 4 in Reno and KENV Channel 10 in Elko.

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  1. "trashy, crime-ridden, difficult-to-get-to-in-traffic and generally boring part of town with zero culture"

    Hilariously off-base.

  2. A better question would be whether it is a proper function of government to make "investments" of any kind, instead of simply confining itself to the protection of individual rights.

  3. The investment in Downtown has paid off. What has happened with Fremont Street is an example of how it works. That renovation has taken considerable time (and is still in progress) but just look at the results. Keep up the good work, City of Las Vegas.

  4. Las Vegas has been a place to go and get your thrills and leave.

    As Las Vegas ages, it must come to face that it can "re-invent itself" only so much. It seems that each "property" in the Las Vegas core, the Strip, is a "landmark" that attracts people.

    But what about strengthening what remains? Planners can look globally for successful and viable models of older cities that are thriving to draw ideas from.

    The analogy is a beautiful, vibrant woman, and as she ages, parts of her need more "support," if you will. She's still lovely in her own right, time builds more character in her. You know that beautiful is more than surface.

    What needs attention in Las Vegas is more than fixing the surface. Those who want to get close and personal with Las Vegas look for those cozy bookstores, eclectic small theaters where the community neighbor acts a part in a play, unique shops to browse, and select eateries. This would make Las Vegas more embraceable, and people from all around would seek to have more company with Las Vegas, staying longer.

    Blessings and Peace,
    Star

  5. If the redevelopment is done with not only tourism in mind but for the actual citizens of Las Vegas such as making it a safer area, more family-oriented things, then it is a good idea. If it just pours money into tourist attractions, then it is not a good investment. Any investment done should be for everybody.

    <<'"trashy, crime-ridden, difficult-to-get-to-in-traffic and generally boring part of town with zero culture">>

    This description is going a bit too far. When living in Vegas, I worked downtown - 3 blocks from Fremont St. During the day, it not only is filled with tourists, but office workers going to lunch. The Fremont Hotel gave downtown employees discounts on the buffet every day with proper ID, let us jump the line since we had to get back to work (we also squeezed in some gambling during that hour and most of the time walked away winners since we DID have to go back to work! I learned how to "power gamble" back in those days!). All the places treated us well. From what we used to see, it was no more "trashy" and "crime ridden" then the Strip, even in the evening. All of Fremont St is unique.

    And, with some minimum thought, it is quite easy to get to downtown "in traffic". IF you had a hard time getting to Fremont St in traffic, didn't know where to park down there, then you don't know Vegas.

  6. Saturate downtown with police and you will pressure the criminal/drug element in all directions in the immediate areas creating more compressed crime zones. The problem with the entire area is that crime has become ubiquitous and therefore difficult to police effectively. The city should consider initiating a perimeter zone in the desired blocks surrounding Fremont St. Perhaps 10-12 blocks in all directions patrolled by unarmed private security to augment LVMPD. If you live in a nice loft downtown, it does you no good to have to wade through homeless drug addicts and petty criminals just to go out for a cup of coffee.

    Right now the lack of development and control of the area has taken it's toll on home owners. There are few places where it is feasible to walk or take public transportation due to the extreme weather conditions and a hostile environment, i.e. uncivilized criminals permeating the area.

    The city could stop spending money on annoying and dangerous concrete street dividers and divert that cash towards building a more pedestrian and tourist friendly downtown infrastructure.