The unofficial mayor of Blue Diamond, Evan Blythin, has written a book about the pressures that Las Vegas' explosive growth has put on his enclave. Blue Diamond has resisted suburbanization and other offers to become part of greater Las Vegas. Evan Blythin joins us to talk about the struggles to keep Blue Diamond as it was and about his book detailing those struggles, Vanishing Village.
I've lived in southern Nevada off and on since 1995. I have chosen to live anywhere but Las Vegas including Mercury, Mount Charleston, and now Caliente. For me, the big advantage of village life is the connection with nature. It is right in your yard. We have deer walking down Main Street. The shift to more urbanites (and a lost connection with nature) on a global scale is leading to more policies and decisions that are contrary to the laws of nature.James –Jul 29, 2010 10:41:19 AM
I'm in agreement w/the mayor about the need to maintain reasonable (and thoughtful)growth in order to have "community". I went to Blue Diamond for the first time last month (to use the library/pick up an item). The town was so small and quaint (got to see wild burros up close--another first). I was impressed and thought if I wasn't leaving Las Vegas (because of unyeilding growth and hubris) I'd consider living there. Didn't notice any people of color--how do they treat outsiders/newcomers (of any kind). Will read the book/sounds interesting... gotta run to pick up moving supplies (yep, finally...).kamillah –Jul 29, 2010 10:20:44 AM