Westside History Timeline

Please go to to the following link on the las vegas sun to vote for the reopening of F Street. This is highly important please let every you know know about this
http://www.lasvegassun.com/polls/2009/may/fstreet0514/
This survey will determine what kind of article they write.

Also please send emails or make phone calls to the following senators who will be voiting on the amendment to open F Street. Their contacts as well as the timeline of the history is below.

John Lee, Chair jlee@sen.state.nv.us
Wk) 702-647-3550
(LCB) 775-684-1424
(LCB Room Number) 2126(Home) 702-258-5447
(Fax) 702-647-0951
(Cell)

Terry Care, Vice Chair tcare@sen.state.nv.us
(Wk)
(LCB) 775-684-6503
(LCB Room Number) 1224(Home)
(Fax) 702-436-9298
(Cell)

Steven Horsford shorsford@sen.state.nv.us
(Wk) 702-985-7535
(LCB) 775-684-1429
(LCB Room Number) 1222(Home)
(Fax) 775-684-6501
(Cell)

Shirley Breeden sbreeden@sen.state.nv.us
(Wk)
(LCB) 775-684-1457
(LCB Room Number) 2131(Home) 702-456-6192
(Fax) 702-463-1008

William Raggio wraggio@sen.state.nv.us
(Wk) 775-786-5000
(LCB) 775-684-1419
(LCB Room Number) 2160(Home)
(Fax) 775-786-1177
(Cell)

Randolph Townsend rtownsend@sen.state.nv.us
(Wk) 775-954-2020
(LCB) 775-684-1450
(LCB Room Number) 2107(Home) 775-825-5111
(Fax) 775-954-2023
(Cell) 775-771-1555

Mike McGinness mmcginness@sen.state.nv.us
(Wk)
(LCB) 775-684-1433
(LCB Room Number) 2129(Home) 775-673-2086
(Fax)
(Cell)

F Street Timeline

1943: Mayor Cragin refuses to renew business licenses of Black business owners unless th ey relocate to the Westside. Restrictive covenants and failure to rent to Blacks create defacto segregation

1944-1945 Informal urban renewal programs razes 375 homes, causing overcrowding on the Westside

1945: Reverend Henry Cook and West Side residents petition Mayor Cragin to pave “E” Street, the main thoroughfare on the Westside. All requests for public improvement are denied.

1950: Under Truman’s Fair Deal, $1 million federal housing project approved (Kaufman, p. 360)

1951: Predominantly White middle-class residents of Bonanza Village protest use of the 20-acre Zaug Tract for low-cost housing development. Black residents charge racial discrimination. Bonanza Village hires attorney Harvey Dickerson (Kaufman, LV Sun, 4-24-51)

1951: As a compromise to Bonanza Village residents, a “100-foot wide buffer highway” is constructed (Highland Avenue, later renamed Martin Luther King Boulevard), separating the future housing project from Bonanza Village (Kaufman, p. 361; Moehring, p. 179)

1952: City of Las Vegas blacktops areas on the Westside. Federal housing project now known as Marble Manor completed (Kaufman, pp. 362-363).

1955: City of Las Vegas creates ordinance to drive out illegally parked trailer owners. 600 people sign petition to overturn ordinance, but it is retained (Kaufman, p. 375). Paving district established to fund curbing, guttering, and lighting on the West side.

1956: City of Las Vegas applies for federal urban renewal money, allowing it to condemn property for “better” use. City Planning Department extends slum clearance program by recommending that the federal highway (later known as I-15) be routed through the Westside (Kaufman, p. 375).

1957: Federal Highway plans cut highway through the Westside. Westside residents protest plan. Highway plan tied in with urban renewal plan to placate residents. 200 families displaced with promise that they would be moved to better housing (Kaufman, pp. 375-376)

1959: Las Vegas Review-Journal describes plan by State Engineer and city officials to extend Highland Avenue , which had ended at Charleston Blvd. Plan states that Highland Avenue may be extended all the way to San Francisco ( LV Review Journal, 10-15-59).

1960: 160 family dwellings completed. This does not meet demand for housing. Advisory Urban Renewal Committee suggests that further low-income projects should be built outside the Westside, but this suggestion was ignored by planners (Kaufman, p. 378).

1962: Plans for widening I-15 include a cul-de-sac at F Street

1964: Civil Rights Act. Title VI prohibits racial discrimination on any projects involving federal funding

1968: Seven streets closed on the Westside. Led by Ethel Pearson, hundreds of people of the Westside community protest street closures, but streets remain closed.

1971: In response to Westside protests, F and D Streets reconfigured to access Downtown.

2004: Nevada Department of Transportation and City of Las Vegas plan expansion of Interstate Highway (I-15) through the Westside which will include closure of F Street and reconfiguration of D Street . F Street renamed City Parkway on development side of I-15. Government agencies claim they notified residents within 400 feet of the closure.

2006: Las Vegas City Council votes to close F and D streets as part of I-15 expansion. Las Vegas Councilman Lawrence Weekly later claims he did not know the plan would include street closings.

July 2008: Concrete wall built across F Street which cuts off direct access between the Westside and Downtown. City Council members claim they know nothing about the closure.

October 2008: Stop the F Street Closure Coalition formed

January 7, 2009: Protest march on Las Vegas City Hall .

January 9, 2009: Ora Bland, Estella Jimerson, National Action Network and Stop the F Street Closure, LLC file a Federal civil rights lawsuit against the City of Las Vegas and Nevada Department of Transportation for the F Street closure.

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