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Reno is the third largest city in Nevada by 2005 estimates, 203k people living in it. In 2000, it had 180k people living in it and it was the second largest city in Nevada. Reno now comes in third place after Las Vegas suburb Henderson. Reno has gained about 25 thousand people since 2000, and continues to be one of the fastest growing, cities and metropolitan areas in the country. Reno encompasses 70 sq miles, Making it slightly smaller than Des Moines, Iowa.

The largest industry in the metropolitan Reno area is Tourism. Reno is not known as a very wealthy city, the median city income acording to Wikipedia, is a little over $22,000. There have been efforts made recently to revitalize downtown Reno, some old casinos have been purchased by out of state developers and they are turning them into Condo's and lofts.

I don't know that much about reno, other than what I am told. I do not know if It is a vibrant city I have never been there. One thing that remains constant, is that developers, like those accross the country, seem to be sinking money in the Central Business District. Does anyone have any Reno facts? Any pictures of the city. Is the city a little more diverse in it's economy than Las Vegas?

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I was in Reno for two weeks in January 2005 for work at a convention. This was the hunting org, so it was a bunch of weird hunter stuff.

That winter they had record snowfall, so all of the parking lots were full of big piles of snow and it was very cold. I had a $75/day meal per diem but I still had a terrible time.

Reno is pretty ghetto. Lots of really nasty motels around town, and even the good motels Downtown are nothing even close to Vegas. When I was there, I didn't notice anything in the way of development, although I was only Downtown a couple of times. I didn't have a rental car, and my boss, who did, refused to drive me anywhere. I spent a lot of time drinking, playing games online and lying on the ground taping down network cable.

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I went to Reno a couple of years ago. It seemed like a smaller and crummier version of Las Vegas. The Silver Legacy gave me a cheap suite, and their restaurants weren't too bad....though the food at the Eldorado next door was much better. I was saddened to see that the former site of the Mapes Hotel has been used for nothing so much as a forlorn, empty lot. What a waste. Did you stay at the Hilton? The hotel room view you posted suggests it...

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Good call! Yes, I was at the fabulous Hilton, who charged $12/day for internet usage and was in BFE as far as anything in Reno is concerned (unless you count the airport or the 395 freeway). It was the site of the night auctions for the convention, so the IT people I was with chose it for convenience. There's also a Johnny Rocket's in the Hilton, which I don't really like anyway.

I ate at the Eldorado steakhouse one night (every hotel in town has a steakhouse, Italian place and a buffet) and it was very good, probably the best of the trip. Not that I would actually eat there if it wasn't on someone else's dime, but it was still much cheaper than Vegas, which is sort of across the board for everything in general.

Another highlight of Reno was the laundromat that had a bar with video poker inside it. Why aren't other cities doing this? I mean, you're there for like an hour, might as well have a drink!

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Colin, i'm starting to get an idea about your social activities!

take one down pass it around! :alc:

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Matt, that was seriously a terrible experience, and drinking felt like the thing to do. And it was free! The two weeks was two weeks straight, no off-days. I was normally drinking with others though, and staying up way too late in the process. I quit that job about two weeks later, but not because of that trip.

Yeah, I wanted to put that elephant in there. That was actually on the last day when they were packing up. It's a hunting organization, so they get a lot of outfitters in Africa for those safari guys with way too much money for their own good. I think the elephant was a main exhibit. I also have a pic of a deer head with a cactus bulb stuck on its tongue. Weird stuff there.

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I'll never understand that kind of thing. Not my cup of tea.

Can anyone tell me what Reno is like in the summer?

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Its usually around 90 to 100 degrees with almost no rain... No humidity either.... Its a bit more bustling than it is in winter, since there are more tourists passing through... Also, Lake Tahoe is nearby and plenty of summer ethusiasts are there... :-)

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I'll be in Reno next month for a trade show. I'm staying at Circus Circus. Can anyone tell me something about the town, restaurants, convention center, etc?

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The convention center is medium-sized: not the largest, not the smallest. It's on the southern part of Virginia, which will require a taxi or shuttle from Circus Circus, which is Downtown.

Good restaurants are mostly inside the hotels. Every hotel has an italian place, a buffet and a steakhouse. The Eldorado Downtown is regarded as having the best steakhouse, and it is really good, but also very pricey. There's usually a fourth, but this can be vary. The former Hilton (now called something else) also has a Johnny Rockets and a good nightclub. But it's kind of in the boonies compared to everything else.

Atlantis is next door to the convention center and has some good food.

Also walking distance from the convention center, be sure to check out New Yaulk Pizza. Good beer and good, cheap italian and pizza. The rest around that area is chain stuff (Claim Jumper, Applebee's, Chili's, etc.).

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The convention center is medium-sized: not the largest, not the smallest. It's on the southern part of Virginia, which will require a taxi or shuttle from Circus Circus, which is Downtown.

Good restaurants are mostly inside the hotels. Every hotel has an italian place, a buffet and a steakhouse. The Eldorado Downtown is regarded as having the best steakhouse, and it is really good, but also very pricey. There's usually a fourth, but this can be vary. The former Hilton (now called something else) also has a Johnny Rockets and a good nightclub. But it's kind of in the boonies compared to everything else.

Atlantis is next door to the convention center and has some good food.

Also walking distance from the convention center, be sure to check out New Yaulk Pizza. Good beer and good, cheap italian and pizza. The rest around that area is chain stuff (Claim Jumper, Applebee's, Chili's, etc.).

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