PHOTOS: Construction Kicks Off with Midtown Party

Image: Ty O’Neil

Midtown and the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) hosted a pre-playa block party Thursday, Aug. 23 to raise awareness of the upcoming construction coming to corridor. And to party.

The City of Reno was on hand asking for people’s suggestions about public art for the Midtown area. Suggestions ranged from requesting sculptures in specific places, to painting crosswalks in artistic ways and renaming roads. Megan Berner and Alexis Roman Hill, from the City of Reno’s Arts and Culture office, talked with residents and those from out of town about their ideas and assisted them in adding the ideas to a large handmade map.

Sierra Nevada Construction was also on hand providing large printed maps showing the plan for Virginia Street. Representatives talked about the upcoming construction project and handed out pizzas made by Noble Pie Parlor.

The event had a playa party theme as a metal Viking-style vehicle played remixed dance music. While most attendees were in standard street clothes, some arrived in Burning Man-style costumes.

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Ty O’Neil is a lifelong student of anthropology with two degrees in the arts. He is far more at home in the tear gas filled streets of war torn countries than he is relaxing at home. He has found a place at ThisisReno as a photojournalist. He hopes to someday be a conflict photojournalist covering wars and natural disasters abroad