From a distance, Las Vegas Boulevard looked like a string of unlit Christmas lights during the Covid-19 shutdown. A few miles north in the Arts District, the scene was—and still is—colorful by contrast. Murals brighten buildings, trees sprout on sidewalks, and residents ride bikes to galleries. In a year where empty casinos have highlighted how lonely it can be in a city built for tourists, the Arts District offers something necessary: community.
At the height of Covid-19 closures, businesses in the Arts District called upon local artists to paint their boarded-up doors, resulting in a makeshift pop-up gallery. Since reopening with restrictions in place, the neighborhood continues to be defined by coronavirus-inspired creativity; Our favorite example is the Majestic Repertory Theatre, the immersive theatre company’s drive-in performances have been essential viewing during the pandemic. —Krista Diamond
If you do one thing: Browse antique shops on Main Street, where you’ll find ashtrays from imploded casinos, mid-century furniture, and locals with stories of the city’s history.
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