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  • Business

    Wednesday, May 29, 2013

    Shouts of joy rang out among Nevada’s political elite on the news that an entity owned by famed investor Warren Buffett is buying the state’s electric monopoly, NV Energy.

  • Politics

    Wednesday, April 3, 2013

    The unfortunate truth is that story of expelled Assemblyman Steven Brooks, sad as it is, could have been even more tragic.

  • homelessness

    Monday, April 1, 2013

    Craig Blankenhorn has spent most of his professional life on film and TV sets — “Sex in the City” and “The Sopranos” among them — shooting photos for the big advertising displays you see in newspapers and magazines. But now he’s also traveling the country, documenting the lives of homeless families. In Las Vegas he met Tom, Angela and little Kaleb, who is one of 1.6 million homeless kids in the United States, and he won't soon forget them.

  • Downtown

    Wednesday, March 13, 2013

    King Richard’s realm is not a conventional one. It is the weathered sides of Downtown cinder block.

  • Sports

    Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012

    On Friday, we posted a long piece that I wrote tracking Canyon Springs High School’s football season. Now comes this addendum, because I must share with you my personal feelings after having found myself becoming attached to the team.

  • Development

    Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012

    A last installment of Sun columnist J. Patrick Coolican's Neon Eden column.

  • Entertainment

    Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012

    Will the wrecking ball arrive after all is said and done?

  • As We See It

    Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012

    Chicago's turnaround mayor is in Las Vegas this week for a Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

  • Downtown

    Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012

    Some poor soul bought a two-bedroom, two-bath unit at the Juhl tower Downtown in 2009 for $465,804. The same unit sold earlier this year for $104,500. And yet, things are looking up at Juhl.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012

    The retro homes were designed smarter than the track homes lining suburban streets.

  • Business

    Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012

    The possibilities seem endless for the seven acre space.

  • Development

    Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012

    Are owners in denial about the crash?

  • Opinion

    Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012

    Will wealthy yuppies and retail outlets like J. Crew soon dominate the area?

  • Neon Eden

    Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012

    There's no shortage of great projects going on Downtown. Check out our list.

  • Neon Eden

    Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012

    It was time to come out of a six-month retirement from Downtown carousing and check in on the scene.

  • homelessness

    Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012

    A prominent business person suggested to me that to solve the homeless problem Downtown, we should buy an empty subdivision in the suburbs and move everybody in. This person was joking, but there’s actually some validity to that idea. Why? Well, that’s what we’re already doing, and it’s working.

  • Downtown

    Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012

    Neonopolis, the behemoth mall-ish structure at Las Vegas Boulevard and Fremont, has collected a number of inventive descriptions and nicknames. Its own developer, Rohit Joshi, compared it to barracks. A reviewer on Yelp tagged it “Necropolis” (as in, burial grounds). CityLife writer Amy Kingsley inventively compared it to a bank vault.

  • Neon Eden

    Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012

    There's a long-range plan for trails downtown, but where's the money going to come from?

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012

    It's hard to imagine a great city without great parks.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012

    The Downtown Project’s plan to open dozens of small businesses in the next few years after picking from hundreds of at-times highly creative submissions can seem rather freewheeling, like a certain locally famous online apparel retailer.

  • Fashion

    Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012

    Downtown's upcoming Fashion Lab just might help.

  • Business

    Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012

    How bail bonds work, what the bondsmen do and more.

  • Business

    Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012

    We often hear that businesses wish government would merely get out of the way. Just as often, however, I see businesses lobbying government to kill off the competition. In the latest example, the Las Vegas City Council is mulling protecting Downtown brick-and-mortar restaurants from their wily new competitors: food trucks. As my Las Vegas Sun colleague Joe Schoenmann reported recently, the owner of Uncle Joe’s Pizza on Fremont East was outraged that “there, in front of his pizza joint, was parked a food truck. And it was selling pizza, no less.”

  • A&E

    Wednesday, July 25, 2012

    For years, Fremont East was a fun place to drink, especially if you were so committed to drinking (you know who you are) that you didn’t want food to get in the way. Now, however, a restaurant boomlet is coming Downtown. What had been slow and steady progress is quickening, with a pile of new spots opening, in construction or stewing in someone’s imagination.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

    Las Vegas could learn something from the City of Angels.

  • Downtown

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012

    Strategic parking policies will be an important part of the Downtown renaissance.

  • Community

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

    After watching the Las Vegas Philharmonic blow the doors off the Smith Center recently, my date and I wanted to have dinner downtown. We stood outside, looking toward the Golden Nugget, and pondered how we’d get there.

  • J. Patrick Coolican

    Wednesday, June 27, 2012

    Where's everyone going to live?

  • A&E

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

    The costume shop owner intended to stay in town for two weeks — she stayed a lifetime.

  • Business

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

    As a journalist, my job is to be skeptical, and given the incessant flimflammery in Las Vegas, I think I was entitled to be extra wary of the Tony Hsieh-Zappos-downtown craze. My outlook is deeply influenced by the “Simpsons” episode when the charismatic charlatan Lyle Lanley sells Springfield a rickety monorail (sound familiar?), so I always try to question what’s in that delicious Kool-Aid. For years I’ve been reading glowing profiles of Hsieh, the prodigy founder of an Internet company he sold to Microsoft for millions before becoming CEO of online retailer Zappos.

  • Health

    Sunday, June 17, 2012

    Nancy Menzel, a professor of nursing at UNLV, is leaving the Southern Nevada District Board of Health in frustration after just one term. Menzel describes a dysfunctional board burdened by conflict with Clark County while public health problems fester. Menzel is supportive of the district but was scathing in her critique of its board.

  • Downtown

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

    "Not pursuing his brand of urbanism will doom us."

  • Downtown

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

    Until they can score a fake ID, there’s not much for kids to do in this town. Las Vegas is like most American communities that way, but gambling and alcohol are central to life here, making the problem even worse.

  • Henderson

    Friday, June 8, 2012

    Sometimes it’s hard not to feel like we live in a ridiculous town. In the latest example, Clark County has put the squeeze on a Montessori school — a Montessori school! — to appease unhappy neighbors, so the school has decided to pack up and leave.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

    Unless it's a religious or educational institution, "it's basically impossible to open a venue for kids."

  • Business

    Monday, June 4, 2012

    While development remains fairly moribund in the rest of the Las Vegas Valley, there’s suddenly a diverse array of projects in various states of planning and completion downtown.

  • Las Vegas

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

    My colleague recently moved into a cool place in Soho Lofts in the Arts District—would someone please change the name of this otherwise worthy building?—and is mostly happy with downtown living. But he’s also discovering its frustrations

  • Community

    Friday, May 25, 2012

    Regina Burns got in line for Thursday’s grand opening of the 99¢ Only Store on Wednesday at 2:30 a.m. She spent 30 hours securing a spot as one of the first nine customers, each of whom had the chance to buy a 22-inch flat-screen TV for, yes, 99 cents.

  • Community

    Thursday, May 24, 2012

    As Cantor Mariana Gindlin sang “Eili, Eili,” the packed ballroom at UNLV hushed. Just moments before, they were boisterous and cheerful, singing “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.” Now, though, the solemnity of the Hebrew song hit the crowd fiercely, and I felt a bit of a chill.

  • Culture

    Wednesday, May 23, 2012

    High above Las Vegas, in a suite at the Palms, Denise Dinger is acting as matriarch of a trippy family whose obsession isn’t spelling bees or stringed instruments or dance. It’s human muscle and the display of it. Her charges — “my girls,” she calls them — are nervous and a little giggly, butterflies before they take the stage at the Palms for the Jay Cutler Desert Classic, an amateur bodybuilding event.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, May 16, 2012

    This space is dedicated to one of the most important stories in the Valley.

  • Sports

    Thursday, May 10, 2012

    On the outer edge of human strength and effort, a fitness coach molds clients for competition—and life.

  • Business

    Wednesday, May 9, 2012

    The hotel's redevelopment project will begin in September.

  • Downtown

    Wednesday, May 2, 2012

    A stretch of Main Street was turned into a vibrant urban experience last weekend.

  • Culinary

    Wednesday, April 25, 2012

    A staged event by Tony Hsieh's for-profit venture and a Culinary Union hunger strike.

  • Breaking News

    Saturday, April 21, 2012

    Imagine if the guy who owned the house next door tore it down and started building a cool new palace. Then imagine that a third of the way into construction, he stopped building, leaving a half-finished shell for you to see from your window.

  • The Strip

    Wednesday, April 11, 2012

    Civil libertarians believe the "clean up" is an attempt in the county's battle against the First Amendment.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, April 4, 2012

    "Don’t question your homeowners association, because Henderson Police might arrest you."

  • Politics

    Wednesday, March 28, 2012

    If we don't know the candidates or what the position entails, how do we know who to vote for?

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, March 21, 2012

    What could you do with those millions?