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August 21, 2014

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Joe Downtown: Inside the bubble not always bad

“It’s sort of nice being in the downtown bubble.”

— Rae Lathrop, Outside Las Vegas community outreach coordinator

Through the decades, downtown Las Vegas has been many things to different people. At the dawn of Las Vegas, it was the place to be. When the Strip overtook Fremont Street as the tourism center, Fremont saw fewer people; its eastern edge became the den of miscreants. But these days, Fremont East is home to many who are trying to create new businesses or are focused on redeveloping the corridor.

So when you ask someone a question about the latest local tragedy or political happening, you’ll often get nothing but blank stares. At times, those blank stares can be a blessing.

Lathrop made the above comment Wednesday at The Beat coffeehouse, after reflecting on both the Monday double-homicide/suicide in Boulder City, where a Metro Police lieutenant killed himself after apparently shooting his son and wife, and news of a state lawmaker arrested for allegedly threatening the speaker-elect.

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