Yep, went to Reno last week. Hadn’t been for at least 30 years. Still there, still weird. And now, the capitol of absolute whatever you want sprawl.
It’s just that they don’t seem to have any kind of planning. They just kind of tack it on here, tack it on there. What was considered chic 25, 30 years ago is now gaudy and cheesy, but you know nostalgia – it’s all so historic, they don’t tear it down. They just tack on the new stuff, which will look equally gaudy and cheesy in another 25, 30 years.
Not that I have anything against gaudy and cheesy. I’m the woman who owns this:
So who am I to poke fun?
This is a town with something for everybody.
But I won’t make too much fun, because my family is probably going to be spending a lot more time in Nevada. No, not just because Chico is planning a sales tax increase – my kid thinks he’d like to attend University of Nevada, so we went to check it out. We were impressed.
What a beautiful campus. It’s huge, with old brick buildings, as well as examples of architecture from every period since. They were building a huge new wing when we got there. It looks like they put a lot of money into this college.
Having just fell off the turnip truck, we had a lot of trouble finding parking. We finally found 30 minute parking at the Admissions Office and left our car to take a quick walking tour of the campus.
The rolling campus features a stadium, observatory, theaters, lots of dining opportunities. There seems to be a lot of interaction with the public, including a public health clinic. Posters heralded all kinds of activities open to the public.
The landscaping is beautiful.
They have lots of edifices. Old buildings.
And new buildings.
As the storm broke, we realized our 30 minutes were up anyway, and scampered back to the car. The neighborhood along that side of the college was reminiscent of the college neighborhood here in Chico.
The next item on the itinerary was lunch. Reno is a restaurant town, great steakhouses and brew pubs all over the place. I’ll get back to that another time.