A Downtown Vegas neighborhood built on the arts is losing galleries and cultural businesses

A Downtown Vegas neighborhood built on the arts is losing galleries and cultural businesses

Photo: Christopher DeVargas Curtis Joe Walker has been a proponent of Downtown’s 18b Arts District for at least a decade. Since 2010, he has owned and operated his photo studio, Photo Bang Bang, out of 224 E. Imperial Avenue, a spot that until recently sat adjacent to the longest-running gay bar in town, Bastille on Third (formerly Snick’s Place, opened in 1976). As secretary of the 18b Arts District neighborhood association since 2013, Walker has seen the area undergo countless changes. But recently, those changes hit closer to home. In February, Atomic Liquors owner Lance Johns purchased the block of buildings that housed Photo Bang Bang, Bastille, the Las Vegas Ballet School, New Moon Entertainment and 1 Stop DJ Shop. The former tenants were not offered an opportunity to renew their leases and were given a two-month notice to move, according to multiple tenants. Johns did not return requests […]

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