Since its founding in 1905, Las Vegas and it's original business thoroughfare, Fremont Street, has welcomed visitors from all over the world. But the effort to control the novel coronavirus infection has turned off the slot machines, locked up the blackjack tables, and turned downtown into a deserted urban landscape.
Like its bigger partner, the Strip, Downtown has undergone many changes in the past decades. Current major construction projects like the Circa hotel and casino and the East Fremont Street beautification project continue, but all along the famous road small businesses, restaurants, and bars have shuttered for now just like the large casinos. Plywood covers entrances. Notes have been left behind to explain. And only a few small eateries, pawn shops, and pharmacies remain open for business.
These images were photographed to create a collection highlighting the city's response to the coronavirus pandemic and will be archived at the UNLV University Libraries, Special Collections and Archives.