Historic neighborhoods. Every town has them: Boston, Atlanta, New York City, Chicago, Omaha, Kansas City, Dallas, Los Angeles, Seattle. Portland, Phoenix and many more. Las Vegas is no exception. Yes, the city is barely a hundred years old (and the County will be in 2009) but Las Vegas still has a fair number of historic neighborhoods that need to be preserved.
I know all the usual rhetoric. They're not old neighborhoods because in terms of years, most were built either during or after World War II. But in a city that is barely 100, these neighborhoods count as historic. Once destroyed, they can't be rebuilt. They tell us a great deal about the people who came to Las Vegas from the very beginning and how the town grew. They offer a glimpse of the in-fighting and the history between the city of Las Vegas and Clark County (everything south of Sahara Avenue).
The houses in many of these developments are still standing and are testiments to the architects, visionaries and home owners who all believed that this small city (because that is what it was until about twenty years ago) in the desert had a future worth investing in.
Visit them on your next trip, consider moving into one of them if you are from out of town or if you live in Las Vegas and want to purchase a new home, do something to help preserve the history of our community buy a home in a historic neighborhood and restore your home to its original grandeur. You'll be glad you did.
Las Vegas High School Historic District
John S. Parks Historic Neighborhood
Huntridge Historic Neighborhood
MaryCrest Historic Neighborhood
Alta Drive Historic Neighborhood
Bonanza Village Historic Neighborhood
The Westside Historic Neighborhood
Beverly Green Historic Neighborhood
Glen Heather Estates
If you like neighborhoods but don't want to deal with the traffic of the Strip, remember that many neighborhoods have local casinos that often offer better odds on playing casino games, looser slot machines and often offer the best casino bonuses.