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Is Sparks development for the greater good?
by Larry Wilson
Mar 03, 2008 | 522 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
I wonder if Sparks is turning into Nevada’s answer to Never-Neverland. The Copper Canyon project has already gone belly up. It is in such dire straits that even in receivership they can’t generate a single bid for the project. Didn’t they have a sweet-heart deal on their sales tax revenues to assist them in their development? Sparks doesn’t even get any property tax from the mess now that they are belly up, or at least not as much as they would have, had the project been built.

The Taj Mahal that’s being erected along Interstate 80, better known as Scheels, is another project that remains to be seen as well if it’s going to be a bust or not. Scheels has already asked the city fathers for the opportunity to rename a portion of Sparks Boulevard to Scheels Way and was turned down, thank heaven. Scheels thought they needed the name change so prospective shoppers could see where their store was located.

The condominium project downtown between the Nugget and the movie theater is on hold. I never thought that would fly anyway, but who am I? You might call it Monday morning quarterbacking, but I think that condo job should have failed. The park like setting between the movie theater and the Nugget was a nice refresher from the urban glut that was being hoisted upon us with that condo mess. People could see the mountains. The kids could play in the giant sprinkler and there was grass to play on as well. The park benches were fun to sit on and enjoy the whole scene while waiting to go to the movies. It was like an artist’s rendering of the scene shown when they have the picture of what a project will look like when completed. I say let’s keep the artist’s rendering and throw out the project.

They’ve already torn out the Don Mello ball fields so the kids, both young and old, have lost that recreational area. Sparks Boulevard has been barricaded for most of the winter and will continue in that state for some time to come while the sewer line is “improved” even though it is reasonably new anyway. Apparently it wasn’t built big enough to accommodate, dare we say, things like the Whittemore condominium enlargement project in Wingfield Springs.

All of this inconvenience, is it all really necessary? Are we really making our area a better place for all to live or are we only making some rather large concessions to a few so that the few get their bank roll fatter and the rest of us suffer in the long run in terms of the quality of life we have, whatever that is anyway? After all, even Michael Jackson’s Never-Neverland is in receivership.

Larry Wilson is a 50-year resident of Sparks and a retired elementary school teacher. You can contact him at lawilson16@
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