In Downtown News: Stories From Two Ends of Fremont Street


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WE BUILT THIS CITY ON BUNK AND ROLL: Last week, the Downtown Project held a town hall-style gathering for local musicians at the Ogden, reports Las Vegas Weekly’s Leslie Ventura. The highlights: Attendance was capped at 40 people, with no media allowed (though the Weekly’s Mike Prevatt moderated a panel); all the local musicians quoted in the piece seem cautiously optimistic; and The Bunkhouse will apparently have one expensive-assed PA and soundboard when it re-opens.

PUT A BAG ON IT: The Review-Journal’s Jane Ann Morrison reports on a new wrinkle in the Las Vegas City Council’s campaign to curb excessive drinking at the Fremomt Street Experience: They’re brown-bagging it. A new proposal by Councilman Ricki Barlow would make it a misdemeanor to open a bottle of store-bought liquor within a 32-block Downtown area. If you buy a bottle of wine within that area, you have to carry it back to the shameful dark of your home or your hotel room to consume it. Also, every store-bought bottle will need to be inside a paper bag that’s stapled shut with a visible receipt on top. Not to be a jerk about this, but I’ve got an answer to this problem: Let’s tear down everything that makes Fremont a cheap, nasty shopping mall and make it a public street again, one that police can patrol from cars. Or we can simply wrap the whole thing in brown paper, and hope for the best.

UPDATE, 2:20 PM: News 3 reporter Sergio Avila says that metal and glass containers have just been banned under the Fremont Street Experience canopy.


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