Recently, the City of Las Vegas contracted with urban design firm RTKL to help plan the next 20 years of development of our city core—a project they’ve named “Downtown 2035.” Together, they met with more than a hundred local stakeholders, held several public meetings, and even solicited feedback online. Now, they’ve got three different plans they’d like to show us, each named for its invidual approach to downtown Las Vegas redevelopment: “The Legend Reinvented,” “The Diverse City,” and “A Co-Created City.”
If you’re anything like me, you have questions right now. For example: How was our feedback incorporated into these plans? Which of these plans will best “facilitate the physical, social and economic development” of Downtown? And what the hell is “a co-created city?” Fortunately, RTKL and the City are continuing their slow, deliberate and transparent approach to this important project by holding yet another set of public meetings on Downtown 2035 at the Historic Fifth Street School, these ones scheduled for October 1 from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
If you live or work Downtown, we strongly recommend that you attend one of these meetings. RTKL isn’t an organization of cheerleaders; they took a hard, uncompromising look at our Downtown, and the things they have to say about it aren’t always pretty. But they will help us, in the next two decades, to avoid some of the mistakes we made in the 20 years up to now.