A Round-Table Discussion on Community Issues,
Martinique View Apartments, Henderson, Nevada

On January 14, 2008 I was privileged to lead a round-table discussion on contemporary community issues, held among the residents of the apartment court in which I live, in the Las Vegas suburb of Henderson. The following is a transcript of the issues we covered during our timespace.

Ken: Among the attractions of living in sunny Las Vegas, what do you find the most compelling?
Suite 2504: GET DOWN FROM THERE I TOLD YOU TO BE QUIET SHUT UP I CAN'T HEAR MY OWN VOICE NO DON'T DO THAT GET DOWN I SAID WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO TAKE OUT THE GARBAGE ARE YOU LISTENING TO ME
Ken: Is there a reason why you feel that living here in Martinique View offers an attractive balance of proximity to the strip and a comfortable sense of suburban seclusion from the inner city?
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Ken: Many experts believe that there is not a clear sense of community or citizenship in Las Vegas. What do you feel constitutes a sense of belonging in this apartment complex, or in the urban center as a larger entity of citizens?
Car stereo in the Parking Lot: HONK HONK YO WE'RE THE &#^$ AND WE LIKE TO #$%& SMACK MY &$#@% UP AND HONK HONK @#&$ THE @*#&$% WHO GET ON MY #&@*!!!
Ken: A very valid point. I would also like to know what the residents think about urban sprawl and the problems of uncontrolled suburban growth?
Suite 2504: IF YOU DON'T GET DOWN FROM THERE YOU'LL GET IT WAIT UNTIL YOUR FATHER COMES HOME DID YOU HEAR ME SHUT THE DOOR I DON'T CARE SHUT THAT DOOR RIGHT NOW LISTEN TO ME SHUT THAT DOOR
Ken: I would also like to know whether you feel the gambling industry in Las Vegas is in the long term a hindrance or an asset to the diversification of the Nevada economy?
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Ken: Perhaps you could clarify that point for me.
Car stereo in the Parking Lot: HONK HONK YEAH #&$@ THE @#&$* AND #&@*# THE POLICE BECAUSE ALL THE LADIES AND THEIR @&#*$ WANT MY *&%# HONK HONK SO @^#& ALL YOU CAN &#$% MY @*#&@ BECAUSE I'M THE #*@&@!!!
Ken: And Suite 2408, perhaps you would like the last word on this topic as well?
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Ken: I thank you all for taking time out of your busy schedules for this round-table.