Most Las Vegans care about Las Vegas, just not enough to love City Council meetings. Rather than offer free cocktails to engage the citizenry, city officials launched civic dialogue site Your Voice Vegas in December. It made news last week with a survey on Downtown safety, but the hot topics and comment threads cast a much wider net. Here’s a snapshot of what the community is thinking:
Exciting Las Vegas! This photo-sharing page about “what makes Las Vegas come alive” includes shots of Culinary Union protests, recycling barrels, a mural by artist Juan Muniz, artificial turf and Oscar Goodman giving a speech while holding a carrot.
Economic Revitalization Some ideas aren’t so relevant (a personal vendetta against roundabouts in Summerlin, musing on warming one’s feet with a Nintendo console). Up for legit discussion, suggestions range from “gas stamps” to entice low-income people to drive Downtown and spend money to grants for adult education that could strengthen the workforce. One Downtown vision includes a Garrett Popcorn Shop to make the whole area smell like buttery goodness.
Most Discussed From renaming the Arts District to getting panhandlers off Fremont, the dialogue sparkers are diverse. Within the debate about where food trucks should park is an argument for why Your Voice Vegas exists. A user who purchased an empty lot at Charleston and 3rd posted about potentially renting the space to food trucks. One commenter added that she should expand the concept with bathrooms and tables and even told her which councilman to contact for help.
For more, go to yourvoicevegas.com.