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Carolyn Goodman’s State of the City: A Tribute to Oscar’s Downtown

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(Photo- SamStone KXNT) Neon artifacts from old Las Vegas adorn the streets of downtown as public art. Carolyn Goodman has called 2012 "the Year of Downtown."

(Photo- SamStone KXNT) Neon artifacts from old Las Vegas adorn the streets of downtown as public art. Carolyn Goodman has called 2012 “the Year of Downtown.”

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(LAS VEGAS CBS KXNT) Mayor Carolyn Goodman’s first State of the City address highlighted her husband’s vision for a revitalized downtown Las Vegas.  Oscar Goodman laid out the elements for successful redevelopment during his years in the mayor’s office, Mrs. Goodman said, as she reviewed the ways in which they are coming to fruition.

In a speech lasting an hour and fifteen minutes, the mayor touched on public safety, infrastructure projects, and business-friendly changes to the city’s licensing and permitting processes.  But she lingered on downtown, praising the entrepreneurs who have ventured to Fremont and surrounding streets, thanking them individually, by name.

Goodman said  major projects like the Cleveland Clinic’s Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health are the foundation for future success.  She pointed to the center as an anchor for medical tourism.  Goodman also named the Smith Center for the Performing Arts, the World Market and the Las Vegas Premium Outlet mall as key features in a robust downtown.

Oscar’s missing element is a downtown sports stadium.  Mrs. Goodman told reporters after the speech that she is “absolutely determined” to bring an arena and an NBA franchise to Las Vegas.

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