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Councilman project to revitalize the Historic Westside

Posted at 8:04 AM, Feb 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-03 11:36:42-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Las Vegas Councilman Cedric Crear and others have been working to revitalize the Historic Westside.

It spans about 450 acres north and west of Interstate 15.

The location used to be home to many iconic businesses such as the Moulin Rouge.

But fell victim to a federal policy called redlining in the 1930s.

"Sixteen white people moved to the east and they started community development there. They persuaded the African-American community to move out of the heart of downtown by telling them that they wouldn't renew any business licenses unless they moved across the tracks," said Dr. Claytee White.

The city is currently working on several projects in the area: Legacy Park is expected to be completed sometime this year.

And there's a plan to build more affordable housing, nightlife and entertainment.