The best city on earth

Reno: the best city on earth. Could this be the case?

Illustration By John Craig

Probably not; effective city government seems to be a prerequisite for such a prestigious title. But Reno certainly has some elements that place it among the world’s best urban locations. Look at the amazing natural wonders we have around us: mountains, lakes, deserts, forests, rivers … you name it, we’ve got it. When it comes to entertainment, Reno is second to none, with its glitzy casino shows, thriving theater community and televised government-body meetings on SNCAT. Heck, how many cities this size have three different comedy clubs of such prestige? And the restaurants … few urban areas of any size are blessed with the variety and quality of dining establishments that call Reno home.

So, Reno may not be the best city in the world (although it’s a shoo-in as the world’s biggest little city). But it’s still pretty damn good. Throw in the communities of Sparks, Carson City, Minden, Gardnerville, Fernley and—last, but not least—the Tahoe-area municipalities, and this area has some wonderful places to call home.

Celebrating this wonderfulness is what this issue is all about. Many of our awesome readers took the time to complete ballots and tell us what they feel is the best Northern Nevada has to offer; the results are in this issue. To fill out things, the RN&R editorial staff is handing out some kudos as well. Finally, to celebrate our fifth anniversary (and our fifth “Best of” issue), the RN&R is spotlighting nine perennial winners of our “Best of” readers’ choices; these are businesses or people who have earned a place in our community’s hearts.

You know, although Reno may not be the best city in the world, it probably isn’t much of a stretch to say that Northern Nevada may well be the best area in the world.

Welcome to the RN&R’s Best of Reno 2000. Enjoy.