Best ideas

Welcome to this week’s Reno News & Review.

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I’ve been thinking about the plight of East Fourth Street since I wrote a cover story about the renovation I see there. One thing I mentioned in the story was that by building a new bus station, which helped with security on the street, new blight was created with the old bus station.

So, I started thinking about what might work there, could be done relatively cheaply, and would add a new cultural component to the street.

I thought a museum could prosper there, and I was talking the idea over with Spencer Hobson. He thought a gambling museum would be cool, and I think that’s a pretty good idea.

Another possibility is a Lincoln Highway museum. After all, the Lincoln Highway was a national project, and many other towns have taken advantage of their Lincoln Highway connections.

The final idea (this week) is a neon sign museum, which would be especially cool at night. I don’t know if there was ever another city with the variety of neon signs that Reno had. And as we mentioned in our June 9 story, “Signs of the times,” Will Durham, a collector of neon sign art, would like to put his work on permanent display somewhere. Just saying.

The city of Reno, which owns the old bus station property, should not contribute to the city’s blight, particularly when it would be easy to make that property a community asset.