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Boulevard Mall: How did it all Begin?

Reporting and photos by Suzanne Morales

· Suzanne Morales,Maryland Parkway,Businesses,People,Gentrification

Las Vegas, NV - Have you ever been on Maryland Parkway and passed by the Boulevard Mall and wondered, “How did it all begin?” Las Vegas is rich in culture in this booming city. Boulevard Mall is one of the most famous attractions South of The Strip. According to its own website, “Boulevard Mall is closest to The Strip. It has the best bargains in Vegas. It’s a community hub. Tons of family fun!” The Boulevard Mall was developed in 1965, during a colorful star filled era. This mall is the first of her kind the website suggests.

Mariachi Band Plays on @ BLVD Mall La Opportunidad Expo August 4, 2018. Photo by Suzanne Morales

Mariachi Band Plays on at the Boulevard Mall La Opportunidad Expo August 4, 2018, Las Vegas, NV. Photo by Suzanne Morales

Being one of the oldest malls up to date, I had the pleasure of visiting it last weekend on August 4, 2016. Many Las Vegans joined me as we enjoyed La Opportunidad Expo. It helped us escape the scorching temps from the last remnants of summer. While inside many of us enjoyed a live mariachi band, informative booths, and fun for adults and children of all ages. There were many who had no idea of the upcoming arrival and project of the Maryland Parkway Light rail.

The crowd listens to the wonder sounds of the band August 4, 2018. Photo by Suzanne Morales

The crowd listens to the wonder sounds of the band, August 4, 2018, Las Vegas, NV. Photo by Suzanne Morales

Many Las Vegans voiced their opinions stating, “What about our future? What about the small businesses surrounding Maryland Parkway, and how will this affect the community as a whole while this new and upcoming project takes place? While airing their grievances and concerns, some were questioning the surrounding areas being gentrified; however, how does this affect the residents who live near circle park, too?

NO on Question 3 Booth La Opportunidad Expo BLVD Mall August 4, 2018. Photo by Suzanne Morales

NO on Question 3 Booth La Opportunidad Expo BLVD Mall August 4, 2018, Las Vegas, NV. Photo by Suzanne Morales

Only time will tell.

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