April 23, 2010
American Planning Association
Attn: Richard Lukas, Senior Outreach Associate
1776 Massachusetts Avenue, NW-Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
Dear Mr Lukas,
I write today to express my enthusiastic support for the John S. Park Neighborhood's consideration by the APA to be listed among the association's Great Neighborhoods.
Centrally located in the heart of the city of Las Vegas, it's unique and historic architecture provides a snapshot in time to the early and mid-century community which was evolving from a railroad water stop, and is now surrounded by a skyline of resorts unparalleled in commerce and awe. Yet through nurturing, and persistence, this neighborhood has seen a renaissance of pride. The only thing greater than the John S. Park housing architecture, is the residents who call it home; an eclectic mix of old-timers, with deep roots, and the new faces of youth, families, artists, professionals, and generally, people of passion.
As a nine year member of the City of Las Vegas Planning Commission, it was my honor to have been the Commissioner to make the motion to designate the John S. Park Neighborhood as an historic neighborhood. Whether the story is about the Rat Pack, and Frank and Dino at a neighborhood party, or the remembrances of long-ago farms and artisan springs - the designation as historic is unchallenged.
I wholeheartedly endorse John S Park as a Great American Neighborhood.
1705 Cochran Street
Las Vegas, NV 89104