Reno Seeks Facelift For 'Rough-Looking' Downtown

A new greenbelt has been proposed for Reno, Nevada, as a way to encourage people to visit the city's downtown -- and area typically avoided due to its "rough-looking" character.

"New neighborhoods along the proposed greenbelt on Third Street and the railroad trench, pockets of retail, a possible business park and narrow shop-lined streets and alleys in the heart of downtown are proposed as ways to transform downtown's "rough-looking" areas into a place where residents and visitors would want to congregate."

"The plans are contained in a $500,000 study by Freedman, Tung and Bottomley, an urban design firm in San Francisco that prepared the "blueprint" for downtown Reno in 1991 that still is in use."

"The study lays out a scheme for revitalizing much of downtown -- a two-mile swath from Keystone to Sutro streets. Now in a public review stage, the study is expected to go to the Reno City Planning Commission and the City Council over the next two months."

Thanks to The Next American City

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