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August 20, 2014

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letter to the editor:

A downtown is born, not invented

There is no there! I am referring to a recent Sun article (“The boundaries of downtown Las Vegas are as fluid as its reputation”) trying to define downtown Las Vegas.

I grew up in New York City, lived in Boston and San Francisco. I know downtowns, and we don’t even come close to having one.

Years ago, Fremont Street, before it became a canopy, could be seen as a downtown. Then the Strip became the center of Las Vegas, even though it’s not in the city.

A true downtown is a center of city action that draws people to entertainment, shopping and a place to live. It’s not just a place that’s artificially created with a few bars and restaurants begging people to visit.

I’ve always thought of Las Vegas as a suburban, rather than an urban, city — a unique place in it’s own right — and there’s nothing wrong with that.

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