Downtown Reno

With Nod To The Past, West Elm Opens Downtown

Aug 10, 2016
Julia Ritchey

Upscale furniture store West Elm opened its doors in downtown Reno on Wednesday, marking another step in the revitalization of the city’s core.

The 11,000-square-foot store is the first major retailer to open downtown in several decades.

It's located inside the fully renovated old Post Office building overlooking the Truckee River.

Spokeswoman Nicole Sutliff says they kept several of the old features of the building.

The Golden West Motor Lodge sign on Virginia Street in Reno.
Natalie Van Hoozer

Reno City Council recently voted to demolish two downtown motels, leaving some residents wondering, “What will happen to their neon signs?” 

A Look At Reno's Evolving Culinary Scene

Jul 29, 2016
Marcus Lavergne/Reno Public Radio

Reno’s transformation into a start-up hub and art-centric city has caught widespread attention. The spotlight’s on Downtown and Midtown, one reason being a revitalized food scene. Our reporter Marcus Lavergne recently took an in-depth look to figure out if Reno has what it takes to become the next culinary powerhouse:

As Jessica Shapiro, a catering chef from the Cheese Board, a Midtown bistro, sears symmetrical squares of pork belly over a portable stove, the sweet, smoky scent seems to blanket the whole patio at Campo, an Italian restaurant in downtown Reno.

The neon sign for the Golden West Motor Lodge.
Natalie Van Hoozer

Earlier this month, the Reno City Council made a controversial vote to demolish two downtown motels.

Natalie Van Hoozer takes a look at this particular case and what might be in store for Reno’s vacant buildings as the city grows.

I’m standing on Virginia Street outside of the Golden West Motor Lodge with Britton Griffith-Douglass, the president of the Riverwalk Merchant’s Association. She says that to her, the property is an eyesore.

Tiny Housing Grows In Downtown Reno

Jul 18, 2016
Rendering of the Tiny Ten housing community.
Haberae.com

A housing community called the Tiny Ten is coming to downtown Reno.

Local urban developers Kelly Rae and Pamela Haberman of HabeRae Properties knew they were on to something when they first started building tiny homes over a decade ago.

“The tiny homes are the future," Rae says, "as far as our millennials, our [baby] boomers or Generation X-ers that don’t want to live in an 1,800 to 3,000 square foot house out in the suburbs, who want to be near the urban core."

The City Council voted for the demolition contract unanimously.
Natalie Van Hoozer

Reno City Council has approved a contract to demolish two downtown motels, the Golden West Motor Lodge and the Heart o’ Town.

Photos: Artown 2016's Opening Night

Jul 1, 2016
Tracey Sibanda, a Mandela Washington Fellow, hangs out with Spider Man in Wingfield Park for the opening night of Artown 2016. The Mandela Washington Fellowship for young African leaders is being held at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Aishwarya Krishnamoorthy

Musicians, street artists and community members kicked off Artown with the Opening Night Jubilee in downtown Reno’s Wingfield Park.

Among the bunches of musicians and artists, you might have seen Jennifer Charboneau crouched over an easel, painting a bright yellow flower in a purple vase. While she enjoys doing street art, she would like to see the Reno art scene evolve.

“I think a lot of us are thinking bigger scale and a lot more public art, which is great.  Everybody loves to work bigger,” she said.

Artown Executive Director Beth Macmillan speaks for the "Creative Buzz" lecture series in downtown Reno's The Basement market.
Natalie Van Hoozer

In just a few weeks, organizers will kick off the 21st annual Artown festival. The organization anticipates 300,000 people will attend events throughout the month of July.

These estimates mark a large growth for the non-profit; when Artown started in 1996, attendance was 30,000 people.

The festival’s Executive Director Beth Macmillan said the growth of Artown reaches beyond the humanities.

Packed Stadium Illustrates Ripe Reno Soccer Culture

May 26, 2016
Marcus Lavergne/Reno Public Radio

The Greater Nevada Field is a unique shared space that houses the Reno Aces baseball team and Reno’s forthcoming soccer team.

During last night’s test run, international clubs squared off in a friendly match. Standing among 1000’s of fans Aces President, Eric Edelstein (ed-uhl-steen), says the turnout shows how much local interest there is in the sport.

“By looking at the crowd and seeing how many folks are here tonight, there is a soccer culture already in Reno and we’re just gonna give them a place to unite.”

Alexa Ard

Reno City Council got its first look at a proposed billion-dollar redevelopment project that would span several city blocks in downtown. 

The ambitious residential development, dubbed West Second District, would take 10 years to build and include the tallest building in the city, three acres of tree canopy and a park. 

Colin Robertson is the director of communications for the Don J. Clark Group, the principal architect and developer behind the project. He told council that the district will be focused on sustainability. 

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