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Huntridge Theater Case Study Points to Need for Economic Diversification in Nevada

Yesterday, we took a case study look at the issues currently plaguing the Huntridge Theater‘s old space on the corner of Maryland Parkway and Charleston Boulevard.

We also hinted at the linkage between the once shiny Huntridge Theater and Nevada’s current status as one-time, one-hit wonder gaming capital of the world (otherwise known as “the possibly recently-deposed gaming capital of the world, overshadowed by the possibly currently-reigning and decidedly more exotic-sounding Dubai (just ask Steve Wynn)”.

Owned by the Mizrachis, the 67 year old structure – which is listed on the nation’s National Register of Historic Places – is due to be demolished in 2017. The Mizrachis’ solution that would have effectively thwarted its planned demolition was to propose that the structure be reconditioned as a secondhand store specializing in collectibles. The redevelopment would first require the granting of a special use permit by the city’s Planning Commission. Neighboring residents and businesses immediately voiced their rather loud complaints that a secondhand store would depress the property value of the neighborhood. Commissioners sided with them, nsisting that the new structure needs to have some nebulous creative / artistic value to keep up with the neighborhood’s bourgeois burgeoning upscale image.

Since that specific corner of Maryland and Charleston isn’t known for being glamorously upscale to begin with – and that’s putting it mildly -, the global complaint lodged by residents is highly debatable.

The city’s Planning Commission recently vetoed (7-0) the granting of the requisite special use permit and the historic structure is now on the demolition chopping block.

What’s happening on this little corner of Las Vegas mirrors all too closely what’s happening on a larger scale during current Nevada’s economic downturning woes. With Nevada’s heavy reliance on gaming as our primary revenue stream, we’ve learned – all too acutely – that when the money dries up all across the world, we feel the sting. And it hurts. We’ve also learned – or should have by now – that we’re the last on the totem pole to feel the positive impact of cashflow; in other words, we need to wait for the economy to get better in other parts of the world before we can expect to feel it trickle back in. Instead of idly waiting (how’s that been working out for us so far?), I feel that there’s no better time than now to look into economic and business diversification, using our State’s own natural resources and / or location to create new, exciting and, most importantly, more self-reliant revenue streams for Nevada. Can you say green?

What’s stopping us from full throttle diversification? The same stubbornness and unrealistic viewpoint that lies at the center of the Huntridge Theater debate, that the solution needs to be more of the same. And if it isn’t more of the same, then we’d rather concede that it’s best to not have any other solution at all. In other words, let’s just scrap the whole thing without a fight.

Folks, more of the same is what got us here in the first place. We think it’s high time for Nevada to change the game up for no other reason that simple and much needed job creation.

Where do you stand on the issue?

About Dorian Issock:
Born in France and raised in SoCal, Dorian Issock’s reviews, blogs and other literary tidbits appear in Desert Companion Magazine, The New Colonist, Urban Art, and scores of online destinations across the internet.


7 Responses to “Huntridge Theater Case Study Points to Need for Economic Diversification in Nevada”

  1. I’ve really enjoyed Mr. Issock’s contribution to The Nevada View. Keep up the good work.

    Posted by Patrick | February 1, 2012, 5:07 pm
  2. Please do some research before you write another one of these articles. You are doing the issue an injustice by not getting the facts.

    Posted by Katt | January 28, 2012, 8:34 am
  3. A good journalist using first person. You’re about as good at talking to community for opinion as the Mizrachis!

    Posted by Really | January 27, 2012, 3:15 pm
    • First person is a form of narrative that allows the audience to see the point of view (including opinions, thoughts, and feelings) of the narrator. That’s simply what my posts are and will remain to be – my opinion.

      I leave journalistic endeavors to actual “journalists” at the Review Journal.

      Posted by Dorian Issock | January 28, 2012, 12:50 pm
      • That’s all fine and good, but you leave no place for your readers to know who you are. An opinion is better appreciated when you know where it originates from. We know your name, but not your background on this or related issues in the community. I know you have contributed to DC, but that’s about all…

        Posted by Really | January 31, 2012, 5:35 pm
        • Fair enough so here’s the lowdown: I’m just a guy who lives in Vegas, and who cares deeply about this community (I’ve lived here in the early 90s and have recently relocated). I have no political agenda whatsoever, and generally believe that government has completely overstepped their bounds – and continues to do so -further corporatizing an America that’s becoming more and more foreign to me. In other words, politically-speaking, I’m a clean slate, and willing to look at an issue with relatively innocent eyes, trust readers to offer me different perspectives and viewpoints – as you’ve done – to help enlighten me to greater understanding. In yet more words, I might have an opinion today, which could change tomorrow, a progression that I’m completely open to.

          Posted by Dorian Issock | January 31, 2012, 5:49 pm

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