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B Y G E O F F C A R T E R A utumn begins September 22. The date means nothing at all to our desert sun, but we'll use it as an excuse to slow down and do some abstract thinking. For example: Let's consider how the classic aphorism "When one door closes, another opens" might apply to Downtown Vegas. The "opened door" is Commerce Street. The "alley" portion of the southbound one-way re- cently opened to tra c, which means Main Street becomes a permanent northbound one-way, from Las Vegas Boulevard all the way up through Gass Avenue, this week. (The west side of Main—the Velveteen Rabbit/Casa Don Juan side—also closes this week for construction, though all businesses will remain open and accessible.) Road construction on Commerce and Main will continue for roughly another year, but we've been expecting it for months. What we never seem to ex- pect, even though it now happens around this time every year, is for stretches of Fremont and Fourth Streets to close for cool-weather events—which they will both do more than a half-dozen times between now and mid-November. Some of those events include Las Vegas Bike- Fest, which takes over Fremont between 6th and 10th Streets October 5-8; the nighttime Las Vegas Pride parade, closing o 4th Street on October 20; the Sin City Halloween parade and hearse show, haunting Fremont October 27-28; and the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon, which consumes not just Fremont but Las Vegas Boulevard, too, on November 12. Unfortunately, there's no way around these clo- sures. Assuming you're not running the marathon or entering your hearse in the parade, all you can do is wait them out. But, hey, good news: Next year, when street closure season comes again, we'll be able to park on both sides of Main. The window opens. DOWNTOWN SHUTDOWN Been asked to sign—or ignore—a recall petition lately? Asking yourself: Aren't we done with the 2016 election already? Blame the Nevada Republican Party. Still stinging from the electoral thumping it took last year, it's now attempting to oust three state Senators—Democrats Joyce Woodhouse and Nicole Cannizzaro and independent Patricia Farley—by soliciting signatures to initiate a new election with the hopes of regaining control of the Senate. Problems abound over this development, chief of which being the GOP has given zero reasons for launching it. Recalls serve as checks and balances against the worst abusers of power. With no controversies or community uproar to justify an extra, taxpayer-funded election, Las Vegas voters asked to sign a clipboard should rst ponder whether we ought to further thwart the democratic process—or relive last year's partisan warfare so soon. –Mike Prevatt THE REALITY BEHIND THE RECALL ATTEMPT IN CLARK COUNTY the intersection W H E R E I D E A S The city's core braces for a season of street closures—again the intersection W H E R E I D E A S 0 9 . 0 7 . 1 7 L A S V E G A S W E E K LY

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