The Neighborhood Surrounding The Smith Center is Becoming the Live/Work Epicenter of a New Las Vegas

The Neighborhood Surrounding The Smith Center is Becoming the Live/Work Epicenter of a New Las Vegas

Las Vegas is built for vehicles. Our airport is inside our tourist corridor. Our streets are wide, and our sidewalks narrow— in some places, dangerously so. And a freight train right-of-way runs directly through the center of town, cutting the Valley in two. Yet those train tracks are the reason Las Vegas is building a new urban center from the ground up.

Symphony Park, the upstart neighborhood that surrounds the Smith Center, is built on 61 acres of land that formerly belonged to the Union Pacific Railroad Company, which used it for a maintenance and fueling yard. The City of Las Vegas purchased the land in 2000—after a remediation process that removed the oil, metals and chemicals from the soil—and promptly began imagining new uses for the land.