Event starts conversation about redeveloping blighted neighborhood near Sahara, Decatur

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV)  -- A group of real estate and community officials are trying to turn around an older inner-city neighborhood before it's too late.  

Developers have plans to turn the blighted corridors at the intersection of Sahara Avenue and Decatur Boulevard into a bustling urban village.  

Sahara and Decatur is one of the busiest intersections in the valley, but the corridors have seen better days.  Businesses moved west, leaving empty storefronts.  And now, real estate groups and public agencies have come together for a community event called Better Blocks Live, to start a conversation with community members about what the area needs.  

Developers have a vision of creating an urban village, by increasing mass transit, building walking and biking trails, and supporting greener businesses.  But it's going to take some work.  The area's population would need to increase about 40 percent, and shopping centers would have to fill about half their stores.  

The next step is to work with lawmakers on developing guildelines and criteria for the redevelopment funds.  

Better Block Live will be held again on Sunday, starting at 10 a.m.  

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