Downtown Reno

City Of Reno Puts $1 Million Toward Blight

Apr 15, 2016
City of Reno

Reno has set aside one million dollars to tackle blight across the city. Reno Public Radio's Rocio Hernandez has more.

The Blight Reduction Initiative is a response to concerns Reno residents have voiced about the image of the city.

Councilman Oscar Delgado says people of Reno deserve a cleaner city.

"I pushed hard to make sure we set aside one million dollars to reduce, to fight blight and a lot of that money is going to go towards these neighborhoods to make people feel good about where they live."

Local Voices: A New Beginning For Downtown Reno

Apr 15, 2016

The reopening of the Virginia Street Bridge marks a new day for downtown Reno. Our reporter Rocio Hernandez spoke to locals about their new outlook on the area.

Reno resident Bob Alto moved to the neighborhood last year to be closer to his favorite spots along the river. He'd like the whole area to be re-branded.

"We just have to make Reno more inviting, not only for the people that live here, but the people that come to visit,” Alto said.  

Leah Wigren spends a lot time downtown working as a lawyer. She says the area is often overlooked by locals.

RenoHistorical.org / Nevada State Historic Preservation Office

The University of Nevada, Reno’s planned expansion toward downtown has raised concerns about the future of a few historic homes south of the university. Our Contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno reports.

The so-called gateway expansion is part of UNR’s master plan. It has drawn controversy and a number of citizens spoke out against the plan at last week's Reno City Council meeting

This week about two hundred people gathered in downtown Reno to celebrate a new chapter for a nonprofit community health center. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray was there and has this report.

Northern Nevada HOPES offers integrated healthcare that addresses homelessness, poverty, addiction and behavioral health regardless of people’s ability to pay.

CEO Sharon Chamberlain spoke at the event and said the center’s new three-story, nearly 40,000-square-foot building is a vast improvement.

The Basement: Touring Reno's New 'Hipster Mall'

Feb 28, 2016
Rocio Hernandez

An underground marketplace called The Basement has opened inside the historic 1933 post office in downtown Reno. Our reporter Rocio Hernandez took a tour of the renovated space and sends us this audio postcard. 

More than half a dozen shops are tucked between brick walls and under a maze of exposed pipes. I wander into Sugar Love Chocolates where store owner Krysta Bea Jackson is attending to new customers.

Jackson says her products are made from French and Belgium chocolate and natural ingredients such as fresh strawberries and pistachios. At least one customer is sold.

Alexa Ard

The City of Reno is moving forward with the process to update its master plan. This week, city council members heard the latest update from the Reimagine Reno campaign which has been gathering community input on how the city should grow in the next twenty or so years. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Billman reports.

After holding dozens of community workshops and offering surveys online, the Reimagine Reno team has heard from more than 5,800 residents.

Interview: What's In, What's Out For Downtown Reno

Jan 8, 2016
Mike Higdon

We've seen a flood of business news this week with Reno Provisions shutting its doors and the announcement of a major retailer coming to the heart of Reno. Our reporter Julia Ritchey caught up with the Reno-Gazette Journal's Mike Higdon to get the inside scoop on downtown development in 2016.

Higdon says the closing of Reno Provisions, following a highly publicized E. coli outbreak, is a major blow to the foodie movement.

ICYMI: Great Italian Festival Photos Galore

Oct 13, 2015
Gabriella Benavidez

Over the weekend, the Eldorado hosted its annual Great Italian Festival in downtown Reno where hundreds of locals and tourists alike got the chance to stomp grapes in order to make wine, sample all kinds of vino and pasta sauces, and enjoy live music. Reno Public Radio's Gabriella Benavidez was there and captured the celebration with this photo gallery. 

The scenic Truckee River, which winds through downtown Reno, is now considered a valuable asset, but it wasn’t always that way.  Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray takes a look back at how the river was once overlooked.

Photo by Alexa Ard

Tesla and other big companies get most of the attention in Northern Nevada, but, actually, small business accounts for more than 40 percent of the state’s employment. Reno Chef Mark Estee, who owns Campo and the newly opened Provisions, is one of those job creators.  Reno Public Radio's Anh Gray sat down with Estee to learn more.

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