With the field trip not too far down the road and while we are all excited to soak in the neon lights, we look to first understand. In order to fully understand the city in which we're intervening, we must spend the time to research the city and figure out what it is we’re dealing with on these sites. I have been tasked with researching the history of Las Vegas. While I began my research looking into the entire timeline of the city, from the settlement of the Mormon’s to the mega-resorts on the strip, it became overwhelming as to how much information was there. The difficult part was filtering it to find out where the important events and what they taught us.
Backing off of the specifics, I began to look at the history of Las Vegas, how it has changed and adapted throughout time, and how that relates to the growth of the American city. The amazing thing about Las Vegas is how rapidly it grew throughout different periods of time. I have been able to categorize them as:
- Farming & settling the valley
- Dam Era
- World War II
- Post War Prosperity
- Urban Re-focus
These "eras" show different trends that happen in Las Vegas and nearly every American city. My challenge will be documenting them in a format that effectively shows these trends. What I am excited about is pulling all of these changes together and identifying what has and hasn't worked as well as what the current trends appear to be. As a millennial, I am caught up in the urban re-focus that is currently going on, and in Las Vegas I am looking into what the city is doing (and can do) to bring the younger population in from the suburbs and into the downtown area- which has plenty of opportunity for development.