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January 8, 2016 Leave a comment

 

Realization

Me, realizing that school starts up again on Monday. And it’s the 3rd Quarter of School

Okay, so consistency has never been something I’ve done on this site for, well, a consistent period of time.  But that doesn’t mean I give up on it!

Anyway, here’s a few new photos to keep you interested (at least I hope) in the site.  I may, or may not be doing something more with photography soon.  I’m also still going to use this site to talk education as well, especially here in Nevada . . . and especially in light of all the recent news that has been happening.  News like “rankings” and Bills for spending more on education and the like.

Sand Harbor 1.1.16

Sand Harbor on New Year’s Day

Winter at Mayberry Park

A recent picture of Winter at Mayberry Park

Again, I’m on Instagram if you’d like to see more or on 500px.  Again, I may just keep this blog for education and general information while I may start another primarily for photography.  We’ll see though!

Reno

Recently, I read a few things about the town/city I live in, good ole’ Reno, Nevada.  These two articles were interesting from the standpoint of “why are they writing about Reno?”

Honestly speaking, there are a number of very good reasons to write about Reno (and a few “interesting” ones as well).  First of all, here’s the link about Reno from the New York Times

And this from the Los Angeles Times (though the context within the article refers to the “battleground states” for the election.

One of the main issues surrounding Reno/Sparks is the fact that almost *everyone* knows we’re trying to diversify the economy after decades of gaming that filled the coffers.  What I don’t think everyone is realizing is that this will take decades to create, especially in light of the recession and the ever so paltry job market in Nevada.

Downtown Reno and the Baseball Stadium. From visitrenotahoe.com

I do want to say that Reno is slowly pulling itself up by it’s metaphorical bootstraps, it’s just not as fast as some would like it.  Now this is coming from the perspective of an average citizen who really doesn’t keep up too much with city planning and the economy, but I can offer up a visual observation.  Just yesterday, I actually took a detour to drive through downtown Reno and honestly, it’s a changed landscape for sure and for the better I hope.  The Aces Baseball Stadium is a fantastic venue and the Riverwalk District is shaping up to be a nice little area for restaurants and bars.  Downtown was lively, though it was mainly due to the annual Artown Festival in July.

Reno Riverwalk. From About.com

High-rise condos are finally getting tenants.  Mid-Town Reno is also improving with new restaurants and venues to check out.  If Apple carries through with their new Data Center and Downtown Office, that could definitely help take out some of the “rougher” areas of Downtown.

Photo of Wingfield Park on the Truckee River Trail in Reno, Nevada

Wingfield Park and the Truckee River. Really busy in the summer 🙂 From About.com

Yes, this is my “we’re Reno and we’re not at all that bad” platform.  I just wanted to make sure that people understood that.

We also have Lake Tahoe, which is a mere 40 – 45 minute drive from the city.

There are still areas of concern (ask any Northern Nevadan living in Reno about the Kings Inn, and they’ll probably gag and the tax breaks given to certain companies along with the controversies of the STAR Bonds to name a few) but at a tortoise-like pace, Reno is improving.

So, in short, Reno is progressing and yes, it’s definitely (and smartly) finding new streams of revenue to keep the city going.

There was also this article which also summed up Reno’s Evolution as well.

In case you’d like more information, the blog I usually check out is Downtown Makeover.

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