Las Vegas Sun

November 30, 2015

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Letter to the editor:

Graffiti covers shine of movement

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Regarding the revitalization of downtown Las Vegas, “Movement afoot to reinvent downtown,” I agree with the letter writer that “The Las Vegas Movement” has begun. Still, problems abound.

I was in town recently and thrilled to visit the Smith Center for the Performing Arts for the March 6 New York City Ballet Moves program. What a brilliant show — and in such a gorgeous venue.

However, as I walked under the tunnel from downtown Las Vegas to the Smith Center, I couldn’t help but notice the inflammatory graffiti scribbled on the tunnel wall. Also, during my bus ride from the Strip to downtown, ugly graffiti spray painted on downtown businesses was evident.

Were I a potential business owner, I would be cautious about starting up downtown.

According to the New York Division of State Police website, graffiti “costs American communities more than $8 billion per year.”

The city and the community need to get tough in dealing with this problem.

Otherwise, the Las Vegas Movement may encounter more than a few bumps and delays along the way.

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