LAS VEGAS REDUX
By Chet Yarbrough-September 5, 2012
The fall season is near but Las Vegas’ spring seems already here; i.e. Smith Center shines brightly with Broadway production and Las Vegas stage-craft; e.g. “Wicked” visits The Performing Arts Center and makes witches fly and the color green dear.
A new City hall is complete and the heart of downtown will be connected to the Performing Arts Center by a pedestrian bridge that is under construction. When completed, the bridge will cross railroad tracks that separate the City from the Performance Art Center at Clark Avenue. The building with red letters is the City Hall parking structure that will be the City-side entry to the walkway.
Some buildings are being restored or modified to accommodate new uses; i.e. new businesses; new employers, and new employees. Tony Hsieh and Zappos begin renovating the old City Hall campus. Hsieh’s synergistic impact is creating a Las Vegas’ perpetual
spring; i.e. a youthful renaissance that will stand for a generation.
Lewis and East Clark Avenues are not Rush Street or Time Square but for a city with one and a half million people less than Chicago and seven and a half million people less than New York, Las Vegas has ambition. Street side restaurants, and condominiums are popping up along Lewis and E. Clark Avenues in Las Vegas.
The new headquarters for Zappos brings youth to the city.
Chicago’s Merchandise Mart hardly holds an aesthetic candle to the Las Vegas World Market shown at the left.
In spite of hard times, better times are coming and Las Vegas is showing the way.
Take a walk around downtown; don’t rely on anything but your own eyes.