Reno lost its soul years ago.
|And the #11 college basketball team in the nation.|
Look, my family has been in the Truckee Meadows (aka the Reno area for the uninitiated) since 1904. My grandfather sold some of his downtown land to Bill Harrah in the 40's and ran the properties for him for a number of years through Reno's heyday. Harrah's and the Nevada Club now sit on my family's old land, and we still own huge swatches in North Reno - sold some of it to Wal-Mart a number of years ago (wish we hadn't). My mom was the Washoe deputy district attorney (under Mills Lane!) and a deputy state AG in Carson, all after becoming the first female pit boss in the entire state (at the long-gone Prima Donna). She also sat on the gaming control board for a number of years. My uncle played football at UNR in the late 60's (Chris Ault was his QB) and I was in the Wolfpack Marching Band! And every one of us skied! Our ties there are long and deep (unlike the pow most of this year).
I think I've gone off about this before, but if it was at all possible for a town to regress while at the same time experiencing massive growth, Reno is it. It used to be very hip - lots of locally-owned establishments, progressive politics (on both sides of the aisle), clean air and a real sophistication for a town of under 100k.
Now, with the exception of maybe Miami, I'd say Reno is the least sophisticated city in the country. I left in the early 90's but still have a house there and much family. I'm back at least every month, and I can honestky say the city has done a complete 180 since I left. Every possible chain has moved in, strip malls are the norm, and the general refinement of the city is long gone, I fear never to return. There is also an odd, almost bumptiousness that has taken hold with the nouveau riche, particularly with those vulgarians in those ridiculous McMansions down in the Galena area. Yech. That, to me, symbolizes where Reno has gone - absolutely no soul.
Boise - got a soul. Portland - got soul. Reno - nope.
OK, sorry for that! But regarding the night skiing - I used to work at Boreal and would often go night skiing there. Is there much else besides that these days? Seemed like more of a kids thing to do.