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NDOT’s Kietzke Lane Safety Management Plan study is the best thing to happen to roadways in Reno since… ever?

At the July 10, 2013 Reno City Council meeting, a representative from the Nevada Department of Transportation presented a study and recommendations for improving the conditions on Kietzke Lane in Reno along the right-of-way where Kietzke is a state highway.

Usually you hear about state DOT’s as boogeymen for good urban planning. The cliché is that DOT’s are all about moving cars, and frequently as a result of this, pedestrians, people on wheelchairs, and cyclists suffer an undue burden. Nowhere in Reno is this more true than along the Kietzke Lane alignment from South Virginia Street on the south to about the DMV on the north. This is precisely the area that NDOT’s study looked at.

A not unusual example of what it looks like on Kietzke. Imagine being a pedestrian there!

The presentation was full of photos of the current conditions. There are no sidewalks in many areas. ADA ramps for wheelchairs end at utility poles that are in the middle of an abruptly ended sidewalk with raised concrete preventing further movement in the char. Bike lanes randomly start and stop.

The proposals are exactly what would be needed to position Reno as a 21st-century city with strong infrastructure for all users. Buffered bike lanes, bike boxes (!!!!), sidewalk continuity, pedestrian island medians, improved lighting throughout the corridor… this is the kind of stuff they’re talking about.

Unfortunately, there are some problems, not least among them being the conservative elements on the city council, and the concerns those representatives have that businesses in the area will object to the street parking being taken away. Many of the businesses on Kietzke Lane are car dealerships.

image This strip of Kietzke Lane is missing the bike lane that exists just a few hundred yards south, has no sidewalks to speak of, utility poles, and a tattered assortment of fences separating it from the surrounding streets.

Consistent sidewalks conforming at least to the minimum ADA requirement of 36” width, plus buffered bike lanes, would make this area not only much more safe and functional for all users, but it would also make the area much more attractive.

A community’s aesthetics go a long way toward how it is perceived by itself and its visitors.

It’s actually possible to keep street parking, enhance bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, and make the roadway safer and more efficient. NDOT’s proposal calls for using buffer strips to isolate the bicycles from the auto traffic. The buffer strips would be zones where there would be no street parking. But if the buffer strips were used as street parking, cyclists would have a layer of protection from the auto traffic in the form of the stationary vehicles separating the two. Street parking would be retained to the satisfaction of nearby businesses.

Other ways to mitigate this problem include signage directing visitors by car to offstreet parking. The NDOT rep was quite adamant that there’s adequate offstreet parking, and it’s hard to disagree. Much of this corridor is composed of strip malls with their own parking. Many of the most intensive uses have adequate parking available behind them on sidestreets. NDOT, the RTC and city traffic engineering department could work together to devise ways to flow the traffic from Kietzke Lane to the adjacent streets, taking significant strain off the one roadway and opening up opportunities for the businesses on the side streets. This would also have the advantage of promoting opportunities for street grid repair.

A buffered bike lane. Source: City of Seattle

At the end of the day, the real issue is that the middle of town is no place for a state highway. NDOT’s proposal is visionary, and would help place Reno in a category of cities known for having top-notch transportation infrastructure for all users. This project deserves your support. Contact the city council and the mayor, and encourage them to support this innovative proposal to repair one of urban Reno’s least attractive corridors. Here’s a list of the priority 1 recommendations.

Bernie Carter vs. Landscaping

Glad these projects are underway.

For the one that’s open and not immediately under construction, a little bit of landscaping would go a long way.


For the other one, well, go down there and get a good look. That building is standing naked before the world.

Tuning up Burncards: a content manifesto (of sorts)

My old blog, The Urban Blog, has a lot of Reno content on it. I like writing about urban policy and transportation issues. With The Urban Blog, I was majority Seattle-based for the majority of the time I wrote the blog. I have always had a tendency to bounce back and forth between the two cities, so I’ve just accepted that, and at one point I decided I wanted to live in Reno, so I moved to Reno. Something very interesting happened: the nature of my writing changed. I started Burncards with the intention of talking about more than urban design. The Urban Blog pushed around the edges a little bit, mostly reporting on music and cultural issues, and Burncards made it a point to pick up those topics.

Burncards needs more action. I need to do some urban writing about Reno. I’ve decided to make a new section on Burncards called The Urban Blog, where I will do the style of reporting that I was doing on The Urban Blog. Subject matter will not always be about Reno: you should see what’s going on in Seattle right now, and any other interesting thing that should appear.

This actually helps clarify the role of what the Gadflypaper section is all about. Gadflypaper is all about getting out in public with an opinion related to a policy matter facing the people of Reno. We may occasionally be kind of weird about that.

The rest of what Burncards tries to do should be fairly obvious, and we’ll try to keep the lights on. Turns out all of us stay really busy, which we use as an excuse for not doing Burncards. So, silly us. If you’d like to join in the party with your own unique voice on a subject, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

More Midtown Activity & RTC RAPID to UNR

REreno reports that there is a Planning Commission meeting this Wednesday, March 6 at 6pm where one of the subjects to be discussed will be changes to the Midtown neighborhood plan.  This will be an important one in terms of what happens in the more residential area between Virginia and Plumas/Forest north of Mt Rose St. Virginia Street should focus on trying to get bigger developments that make the area look and feel and function more like an urban main street and less a collection of car dealers, motels, and strip malls. It’s a bit worrying how much the residents want to pull back from the TOD corridor plan. The area in question is a mixture of all kinds of different uses, has had apartments and multitenant houses for quite some time.  A drive down Plumas Street is a drive down a street littered with terribly quaint apartment buildings.

The very same Planning Commission meeting will also feature a presentation of the 2035 Regional Transportation Plan draft which is being shopped through the public input process. This presentation was given in the 2-27 City Council Meeting.

industrial-employees-per-acreI’m always looking at the transit component of the Regional Transportation Plan. The transit agency is looking at a “Financially Constrained Plan” where they are trying to focus on things the public has prioritized. A demonstration project will be implemented in 2013 with RTC RAPID service to UNR. The financial constraints are based on the revenue source for transit operations, which is purely sales tax based. The community wants RAPID service between Reno and Sparks and from UNR all the way down Virginia Street to the Mt Rose Highway, but that’s not something the RTC can afford given the funding constraints it faces for transit service. The extension of the RAPID line up to UNR makes a lot of sense due to the short distance and the thousands of additional riders that would be able to take advantage of the service.

One other transit-related demo project happening this year that’s worth a mention: Summer weekend service to Tahoe. Caught this one last month on the public open house agenda. It’s an interesting idea. You shouldn’t have to have a car to get to Tahoe, or drive a  car to Tahoe, especially knowing you’ll have to park. For those able to put aside paranoia of being stranded at Lake Tahoe carless, the bus makes perfect sense as a way to get up there, and it’s potentially good for Tahoe’s environment as well.

Peruse the draft 2035 RTP here.

Who will defend us from the defenders of Reno’s culture?

Being a little snarky about Reno is a longstanding, and some might even say healthy tradition among travel writers on the internet.  For good reason it, seems. Reno media outlets will draw attention to it, and a small army of Reno people will rush in to defend Reno and set the record straight.

The latest snark comes in the form of some digs against Reno for “zero attempt at culture”  The predictable counter argument in this case is that Reno has all this art, the Symphony, the Philharmonic, Broadway plays, etc.  Just a couple observations:

1. Rushing in to defend your institutions of acculturation doesn’t necessarily equate to rushing in to defend your culture.

2. The protesting seems a little desperate.

3. Reno’s institutions of acculturation, AND its culture, are not as well advertised as they could be.

4. Reno is beautiful and it’s also terribly ugly and depressing looking.

I’d like to dwell for a moment on point #4.  There are the niftiest vistas in Reno.  I’m not just talking about beautiful mountain vistas or sweeping views of the city from high points or the Truckee River.  I’m talking about these really nice little glances across the urban environment.  But there’s also the core experience of navigating many important parts of Reno, and if you haven’t trained your eye where to look, or you don’t know what you’re looking for in the first place, it’s easy for the eye to be drawn toward these stark, depressing scenes.

That aesthetic thing counts for a lot of a visitor’s impression.  Going around on the streets between the Truckee River and Commercial Row, especially in wintertime, is depressing.  What should be bustling little districts, especially after dark, feel eerily devoid of pedestrian activity – or open businesses (California. Wells, Keystone, West, to name a few). 

Midtown is promising, but terribly sketchy looking and it’s mostly because the sidewalks are too narrow, the lighting is terrible, and there is no landscaping or street furniture.

In the summertime the long, luxurious evenings and the warmth mean people go outside anyway, it takes a bit of the edge off.  In the winter, the light and the inadequate facilities, the starkness of much of the urban environment, account for a great deal of what casts a pall over any attempt Reno makes to have a culture.  Whoever figures out how to fix this first wins.

Midtown Town Hall shows Reno people are really into Midtown

I had the privilege of attending the Midtown “Town Hall” meeting I blogged about earlier.  It attracted quite a crowd – it was standing room only in the council chambers.  I even got a few words in – in the interest of fixing the sidewalks, and creating shared parking lots.

Out in full force was the Midtown business community – the owners of Süp, Craft, Junkee, Hub Coffee, the Carter Brothers, many of the entrepreneurs who are opening up businesses in the new 701 S. Virginia project (former Del Mar Station), and lots more – too many to list.  The #1 concern on the part of the business owners was parking.  Parking, parking, parking.  Not unexpected, really.  Reno is a largely suburban city.  People are used to being able to roll up in their car, park right next to the business they’re going to visit, and stroll right in.  Suggestions from the businesses included painting over some of the red zones that are there to protect driveways that no longer exist, and creating some nose-in parking on those streets that could handle it – effectively doubling the parking capacity of streets which currently have parallel parking.

There was also consensus, however, on the idea of improving the pedestrian infrastructure: lots of people talked about the sidewalks as an impediment to their enjoyment of the area.  Folks were open to the idea of shared parking lots that people could use and walk to their destinations.  You can’t really have the latter without the former.  Following logically from that was the idea that it can be scary down Virginia Street after dark – even for big guys who can defend themselves.  More lighting was called for to alleviate that problem.

Policing was another issue that came up.  Some folks wanted to get bike cops patrolling the neighborhood.  An officer from RPD was there at the meeting to answer questions, including one question that I had about doing some foot patrols in the area.  He heard the feedback and mentioned that he would look into some ways to get some bike cops funded and/or try to get some officers out of their patrol cars, plus assigning some resources in the short-term to do some drug crime enforcement. 

Drug crime was a huge issue for the people who attended the meeting.  One man used motion lights, yelling and screaming, and a baseball bat to keep the drug dealers and users out of his alley – and it worked.  The officer present mentioned that businesses and residents should watch the surroundings and call the police if they see a pattern of drug or other street crime.  “Take back your neighborhood,” was the theme – based on the positive experience the West of Wells group has had doing just that.

One of the Carters spoke about the projects that they do in the neighborhood.  What he said was essentially (paraphrasing here):  “We don’t like to talk about doing projects, we just like to do projects.”  He then put up his company’s mission statement on the overhead, which is all about making the streets exciting places again – places that inspire passion and desire.

A surprising thing:  Councilwoman Jessica Sferazza mentioned that she’s hoping to get a “Neighborhood Overlay District”  plan for the area done by October of this year.  “Ambitious,” she called it, “but I think we can get it done.”

Sferazza tried to get the participants to discuss what kinds of businesses – or “uses” might be a better word – should not be allowed in the area in the future.  New liquor stores, used car lots, and drive-throughs seemed to be the low-hanging fruit.  These discussions seemed to be based primarily on the experience in the Wells Ave neighborhood plan, which is something of a template for what they’re trying to accomplish on South Virginia Street. 

There was some talk of density – mostly with negative connotations.  Many people were opposed to density – but it never got clarified whether they were opposed to it in the single-family residential zones adjacent to Virginia Street specifically – or if they are opposed to it in general, to the extent that they would agitate against multifamily housing on Virginia Street.  It is understandable not to want your single-family neighborhood overrun by apartment buildings. 

It is another thing altogether to be opposed to apartment buildings going up along a commercial zone like Virginia Street.  If the apartments are unsubsidized, market rate, and non-age restricted, the potential is very good to increase desirable foot traffic and get more customers in the doors at businesses without the need for more parking.  This would increase the overall desirability of the neighborhood and actually drive up property values in the single-family zones.

All in all, Reno’s got a thing for Midtown.  What started as a project by a few business owners working together to create a district identity a few years ago has turned into a groundswell of support for this part of town that is growing in a down economy, not costing the taxpayers a dime doing it, and drawing in a lot of new people.  Midtown is the epicenter of Reno’s current neighborhood renaissance.  Building on a foundation laid by the Wells Ave neighborhood, if this current effort to channel some of the momentum into solving some of the structural issues succeeds, it will help Midtown to serve as a foundation for future neighborhood main street projects.

Why?  Because Reno has a bounty of great old neighborhood main streets that are all not currently realizing their full potential.  Each neighborhood that pushes the limits and improves itself, in the process helping refine our definition of the city government’s proper role, makes it that much easier for the neighborhoods that come next.  Maybe it’s just a pipe dream, but it sure is nice to imagine a future where all of Central Reno’s great old neighborhoods have been repaired and made livable and desirable again.  The city, healed.  Can you picture it?

Midtown Meeting–Today at 6

It has been gratifying to watch the Midtown district develop in Reno all on its own.  The word “gratifying” is usually reserved for something that a person does that later leads to other things that satisfy, which is totally not the case here:  we haven’t done shit.  No, in this case “gratifying” has more to do with a proof of ideas:  building a district with an identity, a business community, a magnetic draw, is something that can happen, even in a small city like Reno.  After going on about this point for what seems like an eternity, it is awesome to see it playing out in real time.  This success has attracted city government attention and so there will be a meeting at Reno City Hall, tonight March 1, 2012, at 6 pm in the council chambers, to discuss the potential creation of an official Midtown district, as well as to discuss what the city can do to help with momentum.

Midtown is not without its challenges.  It looks sketchy. The pedestrian infrastructure wavers between nonexistent and woefully insufficient.  A district that stretches from the southern terminus of downtown (California Ave) to the northern boundary of Southwest Reno (Plumb Lane) is in many places missing sidewalks, with the rest of the sidewalks mostly being about 3 feet wide.  Hip restaurants, bars, art galleries and shops are joined by slightly less hip but character filled and welcome other shops and restaurants, with the remaining space filled by abandoned (and sometimes still-operating) used car dealerships, weekly motels, and empty lots.  Sidewalk-fronting commercial buildings are immediately adjacent to single-family residences and across the street from strip malls with acres of parking never completely filled.

From over here, the key issues are the pedestrian infrastructure, transitioning the car lots and motels out, and continuing the conversation of how to transform the strip malls from islands disconnected from the neighborhood by seas of parking into integrated parts of the neighborhood connected to it by passageways of parking.

Wait, wasn't this supposed to be the neighborhood plan?

It’s worth noting that several plans for this area have been explored over the years, the most recent being the South Virginia Complete Street Project (website now dead.)  One of the big problems with the plans Reno likes to draw up is that they never get implemented:  the city is not the various business entities and property owners that actually make things happen in the city.

Midtown is a perfect example of entrepreneurs coming into an area and starting something unique by themselves.  Now that the city is becoming involved it will be incredibly important to make sure that the city’s role is the proper one:  focused on the provision of great public infrastructure, zoning that makes sense, and as a clearinghouse to help property owners and would-be entrepreneurs access funding and resources to do hard or costly but necessary things.

The last thing we need are more pretty architectural renderings of things the city gives the impression they will build–followed by deadening silence when the elephant in the room suddenly becomes visible.  The question, “Who will build this?  And when?” is asked, and the answer is not forthcoming from anyone.  We’ve already seen enough of that.

CommRow and Reno’s (self) image

Note: found this old draft, tentatively scheduled for publication in mid-October, 2011.  Might still make for an interesting read.  -KM

CommRow opened recently in Reno amidst much fanfare.  Sporting the world’s tallest climbing wall, an ethnic food court, several small bars, two live music venues, an indoor bouldering park, and balconies overlooking the trench park in Reno as well as the Reno Arch, CommRow has got a lot happening.

The opening appears to have been something of a soft opening to get the athletic aspects of the facility, and its lounge, open and hosting events and activities on a regular basis, with different opening hours for other parts of the venue based on the day of the week and the time of the day.  A bit unusual for a downtown Reno establishment.

Reaction has been mixed.  Most people are happy to see something open on that corner again, some people get and really like the place and some just don’t.  On Downtown Makeover there has been a lot of discussion, with some people who have been coming to Reno for years weighing in.  CommRow’s slogan:  “No Smoking, No Gambling, No Whining.” seems to have put people at odds with what they think Reno is supposed to be.  It really is Reno’s image struggle playing itself out in broad daylight.  People are worried that Reno is going to pivot right off a good business for it and historically a main part of its identity onto something that seems as yet, unproven, and in many ways, unarticulated.

Reno’s identity is in flux.  The direction things are heading seems to be to allow Reno’s primary advantages from an urban design standpoint to take a greater role in influencing the kind of things that are going on there.

What this means is that Reno, as a compact, old city, with a water feature running through it, needs to, and is currently in the process of, making itself over into a charming old city, with a culture and a heritage and a forward- looking direction.

These three things – culture, heritage, and forward-looking direction are important viewpoints.  Culture is a combination of the regular traditions and daily living habits of the people, and a particularly rich culture includes many layers involved with its entire economy, from basic provisions through to arts, music and cuisine.  Culture allows us to look around us today and recognize what we see.

Heritage is the combination of things that brought us today.  It is the history of a people’s rise and fall and rise back up again.  It allows us to look backward.  A forward-looking-direction is not exactly a dream or a vision or a mission.  It is merely a general ethos that guides decision making in the future, a set of ideals which will influence development, to in time be incorporated into the heritage, and either part of the culture, or not.

The heritage elements that dominated the culture for so very long, many of them long ago amputated from the body of the culture and thus incorporated into the heritage, those heritage elements are still causing pain, like ghastly phantom limbs: here a cramp, there a muscle spasm, causing the body of Reno’s culture to writhe around on the floor.  At least it’s fun to watch.

The question now is, does Reno have what it takes to create new institutions on its forward-looking direction side, which are compatible enough with its daily and seasonal habits, as to become a part of the culture, rather than part of the heritage.  When the gyrations stop for an extended period of time, which history shows us they are likely to, for at least a while, what will we see?

Several months following the writing of this post, CommRow has undergone one closure, remodel and reopening.  The food court didn’t seem to work out so well, and the doggie lounge went nowhere.  Can empty spaces in old casinos be filled with anything other than casino?

Dear Reno Bike Salmon, Please Ride With The Flow of Traffic

Dear Reno Bike Salmon,

“What’s a bike salmon,” you may ask?  Glad to answer.  A bike salmon is someone who rides their bike against the flow of traffic.  Get it?  Salmon!  Swim upstream!  Ha!

I know you might think you’ll be safer doing your cycling this way, but I have to tell you, as a motorist, I fear for your safety.  And I’ll tell you why, as I plead with you to stop it.  Please.

I generally try to make sure I check all the directions I can when I’m making a turn at an intersection.  But I have to tell you, and this is especially true on one way streets such as the one I live on, and streets with bike lanes, which are becoming way more prevalent – I tend to look everywhere right in front of me and on the sidewalks for pedestrians, and assuming I’m turning right, and I usually am, I check the direction traffic will be coming from – which is my left.

If you are coming from my right and I begin to make my turn, something very unfortunate is going to happen.  I am a strong supporter of the rights of cyclists to have their own space on the road – including being an ardent supporter of sharing the road, to the extent that I strongly encourage a cyclist to take the lane if the conditions merit such action – and keep the lane as long as needed until it’s safe to move to the rightward margin of the lane.  I am a strong supporter of bike lanes.

My mom used to always say to me, “When riding a bike, ride against the flow of traffic – that way you’ll be able to see who might hit you since they’ll be coming at you.”  But that is a completely bogus point of view from a traffic safety standpoint.  That’s because motorists look for where pedestrians might be so they won’t hit a pedestrian, and they look for where cars are coming from so they don’t get hit, and they look in front of them for other vehicles so they can know to slow down so they don’t rear-end someone.  Since you are riding against the flow of traffic, you don’t fall under any of these conditions.  And you are doing it at your peril.

Be safe out there.

Reno Image – Scattered Pride, Bitchy Inaction and Trashy Chic

Normally I don’t like to give other alt-weeklies, be they paper or online, much of a mention, as one of two things will occur.  One, I’d be seen as piggybacking on ideas and writing them (…which I kind of am right now…) and the other is boldly standing dependent on the output of another.

This is different.  The Reno News & Review, long-time alt-weekly of Reno, love it or hate it, is presenting an editorial, kind of doing what a lot of folks are doing in and about Reno: identifying a problem, chanting negativity, and leaving little else in the way of solutions.

It’s a subject I have talked about and discussed, pondered and chin-scratched over for years, more recently tackling some other ideas and thoughts via God Hates Reno, the predecessor to this here site called Burncards.  Why Burncards even exists, and GHR before it, was the idea that Reno can be more than it is.  It seems like such a theme in so many people’s eyes, that Reno can be so much more, but we’re almost hard-wired to expect it NOT to be.  Investors come in thinking this is an easy cleanup job, invest in a few properties and rake in the cash–it ain’t that easy.  Nor is it easy to have a necessarily good viewpoint on this town, and so I give a partial pass to those who might highlight their negativity.

This time I’m going to into a bit of a criticism-of-a-criticizer’s role, which seems mighty pointless, until I justify my intent.  I realize news and opinion, public opinion and the like, are really based around honesty.  I might add as well, there is no dishonesty going on.  What I do see, however, is a matter of civic pride that seems to almost be a cliche in Reno, because usually, we have none.  It’s quite easy for any one of us to write up a laundry list of what sucks here, and we look at fan-boys and girls of this town that actually like it here as eccentric nobodies–I mean, how many times have you heard someone say, “Oh well I’m STUCK here like the rest of the few displaced talented/cool/rich/decent people.”   Erm, okay.   Real nice attitude.

Editorials are great.  In the futureworld of 2011, EVERYONE gets an opinion.  The problem is, opinions are not always geared with the intent of the recipient, it’s usually the ego of the writer.  The  R&NR editorial piece here, as written by anonymous, is worth exploring.  It is a typical and classic example of what we here at Burncards call QRA, (also search the site for “QRA” for other instances).   We have here, someone who apparently has remained nameless, sitting back, comfortably on a computer, basically blackballing Reno.  They get a pass and a nod because they aren’t all wrong.  What isn’t flying with me is the commonness of how this is applied versus nothing being DONE about it.  No where in the article, which outlines McCarran’s inner ring as a source if problems (never mind MidTown, a baseball stadium, the Old Southwest neighborhoods, parks, rivers, art galleries, bike paths, etc etc etc etc etc etc), dropping the typical “Vegas” comparison (which, if you know me, L.V. can K.M.A.),  further comparing to San Francisco, then just going after low blows calling vendors “carnies,” and essentially calling the town a circus.  The town needs a little help, especially downtown, and no one is perfect.

My question is, who is this bitter San Jose vacationer, and how faster can I get his or her ass back to their two-story, expensive, cookie-cutter, law-saturated utopia?  Did you bother leaving your Silver Legacy suite on a weekday special or just sit in your room on the Internet calling up Yelp reviews and opinion columns?

Perhaps it is a local.  To that I challenge, so what’s your solution?  Should YOU move or should you start enjoying funnel cakes and Natty Ice by the river?  There’s some really fun, dirty, shameful things to do in this town, along with some pretty sophisticated “big city” type lifestyles.  That’s part of the charm.  Without either of those things, it’s chain coffee shops, check loan cashing joints and bad gringo-fresh-Mex food—-utter HELL in my eyes.

The ludicrous end in this pointless debate stops where the words start:  so where’s the SOLUTIONS?  I know so many business owners that not only are out there doing something for a living, they’re making a community!  Beyond them are event organizers that are NOT Hot Exhaust Blights oriented, couldn’t give two shits about Street Vibrations or ArTown, and actually work quite hard to turn over zero profit for the sake of culture.  They exist in art galleries, on small side streets off Virginia, occasionally develop in living rooms, basements or warehouses.  Side streets, converted dwellings and even motels running art spaces.  Music ideas turn to bands that turn venues that turn to scenes.  Cookingklatches can turn to groups to co-ops to restaurants.  Coffee and beer aficionados throw caution and life savings to the wind and risk it all for a business they really love—that all come together and create a TOWN they love, so that people will have something more.

There really is no excuse to come here, live here or even leave your front door, if all Reno is and ever will be is a dead shell, compared to Vegas and San Francisco (like comparing a 1949 Porsche to a 2011 Bentley–i.e, unfair) and call residents nothing but (and I mean, no exceptions) trash and losers.

It is suggested Reno has an image problem.  I say residents then must have an acceptance problem.  When we are faced with a problem, and they (defined as anyone else but the complainant) can’t fix it, then you (defined as you) find out how to exploit and enjoy it.  Lemons into lemonade, ya know.  See this website?  The one I made before it?  My bands?  My shows?  My participation in my community?  Yeah.  Get the picture?  Here, I’ll help those that are a little lost to understand:  I don’t know how to fix this town, but I DO make it better.  It’s called effort.

There are then those that simply need to get out and go make some other town miserable.  They are hopeless.  They are the losers.  They make a career out of their own inaction and thrive on the lack of effort of others.  No art museum is big enough, no event classy enough, no party exclusive enough, no business front-page enough will ever, ever, satisfy them.  With that said, I love this town, that’s why I stay here, work here, live here, drink here, play here and enjoy my many good neighbors, fellow business owners and ultimately:  people that are INTO Reno.   WE are THIS TOWN!

May Reno’s real, positive and constructive voices, efforts and success rise above those that chain themselves like anchors to this town’s feet and keep it down by ignorance and rhetoric alone.

Reno pride, motherfuckers.