Over the past several years there has been a major push to revamp Downtown Las Vegas. Former Mayor, Oscar Goodman, allocated millions of dollars in an effort to bring new business and tourists to the area in an attempt to restore it to its former glory days. But what affect, if any, has this had on the area?
Since the revitalization program began several major construction projects have taken place. Most recently, The Smith Center for Performing Arts was completed in 2012. Along with the Smith Center are Symphony Park and the newly relocated Lied Discovery Museum.
Also completed in 2012 was the new Las Vegas City Hall. Boasting seven stories and a massive 310,000 square feet, the building was designed to hold 570 employees. According to LasVegasNevada.gov, the project cost $146.2 million to build.
One of the first projects in the revitalization project was the World Market Center. It opened its doors in 2005 with a record-breaking debut as the largest show launch in U.S. history. Since then, the facility has opened two additional buildings making it the largest and fastest growing home furnishings trade complex in the world. Although trade shows are only held here semi-annually, the Las Vegas Design Center, which also makes its home within the complex, offers year-round shopping to all consumers and the professional design community alike.
Directly across from the World Market is the Lou Rovo Center for Brain Health. Opening its doors in July of 2009, this building is hard to miss with its unique and quirky design. According to their website, the center provides diagnosis and ongoing treatment options for patients with cognitive disorders. In addition, they also hold a number of charity events on property. Most recently the childhood cancer foundation, Candlelighters held their annual Evening of Hope event there in April 2012.
So what does all this growth mean to the valley residents who work Downtown? According to Joe, a bartender at Binion’s for nearly 30 years, he’s seen nothing but positive changes. He sited former Mayor Oscar Goodman as Downtown’s champion and also stated that he’s well liked among the Downtown workforce community.
So, if you haven’t ventured to Downtown Las Vegas in some time, make time. Zip line down Fremont Street, or take a stroll through Downtown 3rd Farmers Market on a Friday morning. Chances are you won’t regret your trip.
For this photo essay I use a Sony Cyber-Shot.
I chose to photograph Downtown because it is an up-and-coming part of the city that is often overlooked in favor of the Strip.