Tom Warden, senior vice president of community and government relations for the master-planned community of Summerlin and Hughes Corp., said the economic plunge of 2008, which left the steel skeleton of the shopping destination near the 215 Beltway and West Charleston Boulevard sitting stagnant for so long, turned out to be a good thing — it allowed them to revisit the plans and update them.

“The fact that we didn’t build an enclosed mall we’d planned about 10 years ago means now we had the chance to build a new, state-of-the-art urbanist center,” he said. “A lot of cities have downtowns, real downtowns … today, the thought is we need to build urban nodes — small downtown areas in the suburbs where people live. And it’s not about the cars. The streets are one lane in each direction, (with) pockets for parallel parking and extra-wide thoroughfares, and that creates opportunity. People understand that you’re supposed to get out of your car, walk around and enjoy it.”

By: Jan Hogan, Las Vegas Review-Journal

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