ABOUT SPRING VALLEY
Spring Valley is an unincorporated town and census-designated place and part of Las Vegas Township in Clark County, Nevada, United States, located 2 miles (3 km) west of the Las Vegas Strip. The population was 178,395 at the 2010 census. Spring Valley was formed in May, 1981.
The land was previously occupied by Stardust International Raceway. Pardee Homes purchased the land in the mid-1970s and began developing a master-planned housing community called Spring Valley. The community was named by Doug Pardee and sales manager Jack Whiteman, in reference to its views of the Spring Mountains and its location in the Las Vegas Valley. In 1981, residents grouped together to solicit the Clark County Commission to create an unincorporated town, which it did that May. The town originally encompassed 1 square mile (3 km2), but now occupies much of the southwest quarter of the Las Vegas Valley, totaling 33.4 square miles (90 km2).
Living in SPRING VALLEY
Spring Valley is the home of tennis players Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf, as well as former Sacramento Kings owners George J. Maloof, Jr.. The Sultan of Brunei keeps a residence there at 99 Spanish Gate Drive, and Carrot Top has his Las Vegas residence in the area. NASCAR drivers Kurt and Kyle Busch attended Durango High School in Spring Valley, as did actress Cerina Vincent and BMX celebrity T. J. Lavin. Kris Bryant lived in Spring Valley and went to the prestigious 5 stars school Clifford J. Lawrence Junior High School.
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Spring Mountain Road and surrounding streets, from Valley View to Jones Boulevard in Spring Valley and a part of Paradise, is a series of strip malls with ethnic Chinese and other pan-Asian businesses, with the original called Chinatown Plaza. Historically, the strip mall was conceived by Taiwanese American JHK Investment Group, Inc. and opened in 1995. Nevada Governor Kenny Guinn officially designated the area as Chinatown in October 1999 and it continues to grow as the Asian population in Las Vegas expands rapidly. The Chinatown area has gained much popularity, receiving national attention in a 2004 article by The Wall Street Journal.
Huffington Post classifies Las Vegas Chinatown along with Atlanta-Chamblee, Dallas-Richardson, and North Miami Beach as a “modern” styled Chinatown, that contrasts with the historic core Chinatown’s like New York and San Francisco. The Chinatown is pan-Asian in nature instead of being completely Chinese according to the previous source. The official website for the Chinatown Plaza indicates that Spring Mountain Road is the general corridor for the neighborhood.
The history of Chinese population in the Las Vegas Valley shows that the Chinese population remained small throughout most of its history. As a result, a Chinatown could only be created with initiative from entrepreneurs that would in essence fabricate a scenario that came naturally in other large cities that have historically important Chinatown’s. According to Tsui in her book, Las Vegas’s Chinese population boomed starting from the 1960s and by the 1990s, the Chinese population grew to 15,000 with the majority working in the casino industry.
Even as the population grew, the “Chinatown experiment” could not rely on the local Chinese population to create it, but relied on a label on the plaza itself before people knew it was “Chinatown”. As a saleswoman visiting the Chinatown answered “How do I know this is Chinatown?” Her answer was “Because it says so right on the arch, in Chinese characters (Zhongguo Cheng)“.
According to Tsui’s book, Senator Harry Reid “… ordered a sign to be put up for Chinatown [along Interstate 15]…” but was taken down by the order of the governor of Nevada Bob Miller. In 1996, the Clark County, Nevada designated the area as “Chinatown”.
To date, Chinatown Vegas has over 150+ restaurants, 50 foot reflexology and massages spas, 6 large Asian Supermarkets and more than one dozen Chinese and Asian churches.