In this episode of Streets by Vice we head to Las Vegas, Nevada and delve into life beyond The Strip by way of Charleston Boulevard, the city’s longest street running east to west.
Charleston Boulevard spans the length of the city’s surprising and unique history. In the suburbs on the east end of Charleston you might come across a few Mormons, who were some of the first people to settle in Vegas. On the west end of Charleston you will find relics of the casinos established by the Chicago Outfit, aka the infamous Italian mob. Without the influence of these groups some say Las Vegas would look more like a truck stop than the glittering city it is today.
While Vegas is widely known for The Strip’s extravagant parties and countless pleasures, there’s a culture and community growing off of the Strip for the locals who call this desert oasis their home.
In the downtown area of Charleston Blvd a wave of entrepreneurs are establishing new businesses, providing jobs, and generating more activities and attractions for the local community. This kind of progressive development is drawing more people to lay down roots in the city, and is changing the popular mindset of Las Vegas as just a place to “get away.”