State of the City: Goodman touts downtown development

State of the City: Goodman touts downtown development

There's a lot happening in Las Vegas, as Mayor Carolyn Goodman delivered her annual report card, Thursday evening at Las Vegas City Hall.

However, it's downtown that's got her jazzed.

“Keeping in mind that our downtown hotels, for another 4th year in a row, the highest percentage gaming increase statewide,” Goodman told the audience.

Those are good numbers, proof more visitors are heading north of the Strip, which is why the mayor rattled off six downtown area resorts that are spending tens of millions to upgrade, with new rooms and new towers.

At the Mob Museum at Stewart and 3rd, CEO Jonathan Ullman says it enough makes your head spin.

“All around us, Downtown continues to come alive,” Ullman tells me.

One reason, the mayor says: fixing up streets like Main, which is drawing thousands to the Arts District.

However, Las Vegas has challenges too, not the least of which is homelessness, which the mayor says is becoming visible.

“Everyday businesses, hotels, residents, see more and more tents popping up,” Goodman said. “We are all witness to the unsanitary use of doorways, walkways, alleys, overpasses, and now even in suburban residential areas.”

She says only a valley-wide effort will cut the number of homeless, or effectively get those without a home help.

At City Hall was State Senator Mo Denis who represents Downtown. He agrees all local governments need to pitch in.

“It's an issue that we need to work on and we need to resolve and it's gotta be something that we work on together because if one does it then they just move somewhere else,” Denis says.

The mood was upbeat as the mayor kept her address to just under an hour. She and the crowd had an appointment to keep: Derek Stevens’ unveiling of his new downtown resort called Circa, which will be the first resort built downtown from the ground up since 1975, according to the city.

Goodman’s address comes a week before she officially kicks off her run for a 3rd term in office, having succeeded her husband, Oscar, as mayor in 2011.

“I would like 4 more years with this great city,” Carolyn Goodman said to applause Thursday night.

Her husband, the former mayor, says his wife has the city on a roll.

“Everybody has confidence in what’s happening, in what’s happening in the community, and that confidence breeds success, and success breeds success, so we’re going to keep on going and Las Vegas will keep getting better and better and better,” Oscar Goodman says.

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