Although I'd already covered the Spring Mountains Gateway visitor center for our July edition, I didn't get a real-life appreciation of it until last weekend when my cycling group scheduled our first "It's too damn hot to ride, but we have to stay in shape" hike. ...
Some members of the Las Vegas City Council want to impose a stricter curfew on young people in the central part of the city. People under age 18 wouldn't be allowed in the area after 9 p.m. on weekends.
In 2008, the Nevada Department of Transportation and City of Las Vegas closed F Street at the I-15, blocking access to Symphony Park for residents of the Historic Westside. The neighborhood fought back against the closure, and the legislature passed a bill requiring the city to reopen the street.
The four-day music festival Neon Reverb returns this weekend for its tenth installment. The founders have passed the torch to Jason Aragon, who is bringing the festival back to its roots as a showcase of local music.
The Discovery Children's Museum has a new name and new digs next door to the Smith Center. The museum opened to the public last week -- it includes a three-story climbing structure, as well as several new exhibits designed for kids.
This weekend, downtown will host a number of events that are expected to make parking a tricky situation. Between performances at The Smith Center, First Friday and The Pride Parade, the city estimates about 40,000 people to flock downtown for the festivities.
Arts Factory owner Wes Myles says city fees and what he calls an overbearing bureaucracy for events downtown are out of control and it might drive him out of Las Vegas. Myles purchased the Arts Factory in 1996 and says he's exploring opportunities in other cities.
Visitors to Las Vegas have changed their habits a little bit over the past few years. Tourists are spending less on gambling and more on things like entertainment and restaurants. According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority's Visitor Profile Study gamblers budgeted $447.63 for gaming in 2011, down from $466.20 the previous year. Meantime tourists spent $274.69 on restaurants and beverages in 2011 compared to $256.82 in 2010, a seven percent increase. We discuss how the Las Vegas visitor is changing and what casinos are doing to adjust.
The Smith Center for The Performing Arts opens its doors this weekend with a black tie gala to celebrate the debut of one of downtown Las Vegas' biggest cultural and redevelopment project. The center is the cornerstone of Symphony Park which developers say will eventually include residences, a casino hotel and other projects.