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Who does the City Belong To?
November 1, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Amid an affordable housing shortage, Our Town Reno is giving the microphone and public platform to motel residents, voices which are not often heard. With many motels being torn down in the downtown corridor amid new development plans, and few other affordable housing options, what does their future hold?
Many are being displaced. Seniors on fixed income, families and casino workers living in motels as a last resort fear what will happen to them when their shelter options narrow even further.
At this #ourtownreno #LocaloreLive event hosted in a partnership with Association of Independents in Radio, KUNR Public Radio, VOICE Voices of Inspiration, Courage, and Empowerment and the Reynolds School of Journalism, we will ask the question: Who does the city belong to? The event will be held on Nov. 1, 2018, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Desert Rose Inn on 655 West 4th Street.
The motel faces empty lots of recently bought-out land where previous structures, including former motels, were demolished.
This free event will occur as an amended ordinance for inspecting long-term motel rooms is scheduled to go into effect. This could increase prices for motel residents.
It will also come just days before new elections for mayor and city council seats, with issues surrounding homelessness, blight and motels at the forefront of many debates.
Join us as current motel residents share their stories and perspectives. There will also be refreshments, music and a showing of new audiograms and mini documentaries related to the theme of motels in Reno. Our Town Reno zines will also be distributed.