Reno's Big Gamble: Image and Reputation in the Biggest Little City

Reno's Big Gamble: Image and Reputation in the Biggest Little City❰Ebook❯ ➩ Reno's Big Gamble: Image and Reputation in the Biggest Little City Author Alicia Barber – Tbjewellers.co.uk When Pittsburgh socialite Laura Corey rolled into Reno Nevada in 1905 for a six month stay her goal was a divorce from the president of US Steel Her visit also provided a provocative glimpse into the When Pittsburgh socialite Laura Corey rolled Gamble: Image Epub à into Reno Nevada in for a six month stay her goal was a divorce from the president of US Steel Her visit also provided a Reno's Big PDF/EPUB or provocative glimpse into the city's futureWith its rugged landscape and rough edged culture Reno had little to offer early twentieth century visitors besides the gambling and prostitution that had remained unregulated since Nevada's Big Gamble: Image Epub Ú silver mining heyday But the possibility of easy divorce attracted national media attention East Coast notables and Hollywood stars and soon the Reno Cure was all the rage Almost overnight Reno was on Big Gamble: Image and Reputation PDF/EPUB ² the mapAlicia Barber traces the transformation of Reno's reputation from backward railroad town to the nationally known Sin Central as Garrison Keillor observed a place where you could see things that you wouldn't want to see in your own hometown Chronicling the city's changing fortunes from the days of the Comstock Lode she describes how city leaders came to embrace an identity as The Biggest Little City in the World and transform their town into a lively tourist meccaFocusing on the evolution of urban reputation Barber carefully distinguishes between the image that a city's promoters hope to manufacture and the impression that outsiders actually have Interweaving aspects of urban identity she shows how sense of place promoted image and civic reputation intermingled and influenced each other and how they in turn shaped the urban environmentuickie Big Gamble: Image and Reputation PDF/EPUB ² divorces notwithstanding Reno's primary growth engine was gambling; modern casinos came to dominate the downtown landscape When mainstream America balked Reno countered by advertising tax freedom and natural splendor to attract new residents But by the mid seventies unchecked growth and competition from Las Vegas had initiated a downslide that persisted until a carefully crafted series of special events and the rise of recreational tourism began to attract new breeds of touristsBarber's engaging story portrays Reno as than a second string Las Vegas having pioneered most of the attractions gaming and prizefighting divorces and weddings that made the larger city famous As Reno continues to remold itself to weather the shifting winds of tourism and growth Barber's book provides a cautionary tale for other cities hoping to ride the latest consumer trends.

Alicia Barber PhD is a historian Gamble: Image Epub à writer and consultant whose interests range from the American West and urban history to historic preservation and tourism She has written and taught on such subjects Reno's Big PDF/EPUB or as tourism cities museum studies and oral history and directed the University of Nevada Oral History Program from A member of the Nevada State Board of Museums and History Alicia.

Reno's Big Gamble: Image and Reputation in the Biggest
  • Hardcover
  • 319 pages
  • Reno's Big Gamble: Image and Reputation in the Biggest Little City
  • Alicia Barber
  • English
  • 06 April 2016
  • 9780700615940

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