- 1 Introduction
- 2 Statistics and Overview
- 3 Layout and Geography
- 4 North Region
- 5 South Region
- 6 East Region
- 7 West Region
- 8 Central Region
- 9 Pyramid Region
- 10 Tahoe Region
Reno, Nevada. The "Biggest Little City in the World". Reno is in Northern Nevada, located in the shadow of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Known primarily in modern nights for being a hot spot for gambling, Reno is a city which has reinvented itself numerous times. First a small crossing on towards the Sierra Nevadas. Then a gold mining supply town. Then a major rail stop. Come the 20th Century, Reno was again reinvented as the divorce capital of the united states. Then came the gambling, which provided much of the city's persona and income until the 1980s, when Indian Casino's stole that thunder. Outdoor sporting became the next fad in Reno, which may serve to redefine a city that is now in a decline.
Note, that, on RenoMush, the neighboring city of Sparks, Nevada is considered to be part of Reno proper. This is a decision to promote the ease of incorporating a directly adjacent but separate metropolitan area. Also, here on RenoMush, we are obviously in a dramaticised version of the city, taking liberties with the city's government, history, and sometimes even geography for the sake of story.
Statistics and OverviewCountry: United States
Founded: May 9, 1868
- Mayor: Bob Cashell (R)
- Law Enforcement: Reno Sheriff's Department
- Emergency Services: Reno Fire Department
- City: 141.8 sq mi
- Land: 138.8 sq mi
- Water: 3.1 sq mi
Elevation: 4,505.6 ft
- City: 315,485
- Density: 2,225/sq mi
- Metro: 425,417
Time zone: Pacific (PST) (UTC−8)v
- Summer: (DST) PDT (UTC−7)
ZIP codes: 89500-89599
Area code(s): 775
Layout and Geography
Reno is laid out along the intersection of two main roads - Interstate 80 (I-80), which runs East-West, and US Route 395/Interstate 580, which runs North/South. Within the city itself, 395 is known as Virginia Street. The Truckee river runs East-West through the city, south of I-80. West of the city are the Sierra Nevada mountains, with Lake Tahoe to the south. To the North and East of Reno lies primarily undeveloped desert land.
The areas of the city north of Interstate-80, generally running along US-395.
North of I-80, the neighborhood of old North-Northwest University is named for the famed University of Nevada, which dominates the landscape here with a sprawling campus. The school itself is surrounded by individual homes, ranging from modestly middle class up through legitimate mansions and sprawling estates.
• Tome Raiders:
• Eclair De Lune:
• Old Parish:
• University of Nevada-Reno:
Across the tracks, so to speak, of I-80, Northeast Reno is the poorest overall area of the city. Low rent apartment complexes in the south give way to legitimate trailer parks further north and east. A number of shady bars and strip clubs dot the streets in Northeast Reno, as does an unusually high number of churches and community centers.
Perhaps the oddest feature of Northeast Reno, however, is the Wild Creek Golf Course, which is located just off of an exit from I-80, purchased on cheap real estate and not truly part of the community. To the north and east extremes, Northeast Reno simply ends in the desert.
• Emmerson's Diner:
• Graves' Wilde:
• The Shag:
• Ashdown Restorations:
• Dead Willow Drive:
• Back Alley:
• Wild Creed Golf Course:
The Southernmost portions of Reno, generally south of Nevada 659
Donner Springs is an older residential neighborhood, the southernmost portion of Reno. Built in the 1970s and 1980s, Donner Springs is fairly open with wide tracts of land and modest, although expensive homes and track mansions.
The most expansive portion of the neighborhood is devoted to the Arrowcreek County Club, which is nestled among a maze of sprawling suburban communities.
• Arrowcreek Country Club:
• 2865 Sagittarius:
• The Diner:
The neighborhood of Hidden Valley lays closer to the Sierra Nevada mountains than any other part of Reno. The area is somewhat geographically isolated, with only a handful of streets providing actual access in or out of it. Plenty of small gated communities exist within Hidden Valley, expensive and nestled close to the wilderness.
The Hidden Valley Regional Park exists at the far eastern edge of the area, part a pair of large, lush golf courses. The Park itself is a mixture of forested green space which gives way to desert.
• Giovanni Manor:
• Ranch House:
• All In:
• Hidden Valley Regional Park:
Areas east of heart of the city, comprising real world Sparks, Nevada
Covering the area east of of Virginia Street/US 395, East Reno was once the edge of the town. From west to east, the region begins as urbanized, but becomes progressively more and more suburban, moving from high rises and concrete towers to small individual family homes.
A large part of East Reno is dedicated to a cluster of municipal buildings, including a Sheriff's station, fire house, and the Reno District Court.
• District Court:
Created almost entirely in the last third of the 20th Century, Sparks is a small microcosm of a city located past East Reno. Growing more urban towards the center, Sparks is ringed with the poorer areas furthest from the central, progressing to both more urbanized and more expensive real estate as it reaches the center of the area. At the far eastern edge, Sparks simply ends at the beginning of Nevada desert.
Shortly before the city limits, there is a small, local amusement and water park located just near I-80. This park is able to function so close to the desert by the massive Sparks Marina Lake.
• Old House:
• Wild Island:
Outlying areas to the west of the city, generally outside of Nevada 659.
Next to the commercial downtown, Old Southwest Reno is generally considered the most lovely neighborhood in the city. Close to the urban center, it is unusually green, featuring a strong local art and music scene. Coffee shops, eclectic restaurants and live music are all easy to find in Old Southwest. Many of the homes here are some of the oldest in Reno, lovingly preserved along tree lined streets.
• Sutherland's Bar:
• The Beanstalk:
Created from a real estate boom in the late 20th Century, South Meadows is a well organized and designed region, consisting of numerous suburbanesque housing developments and gated communities. South Meadows features the highest percentage of Fast Food restaurants in Reno, as well as the highest number of national coffee franchises.
The premiere community in South Meadows is Somersett, located just along the Truckee River, as a completely secure and private gated community.
• Gregory House:
• Triple-A Ranch:
• Dirt Road:
The Heart of Reno, the oldest part of the city and the location of most of the commerce and casinos.
Sprawling out of the more commercial area of the city, Downtown is a hub of entertainment, commerce, and residential communities. Small condominium developments dot the blocks here, blended in with expensive restaurants and night clubs.
The most dominating part of downtown Reno, however, is the Reno-Tahoe international airport. Located just off of Virginia Street/US 395, the airport is surrounded by less desirable real estate all around, owing to the massive noise pollution.
• La Fleur Rose:
• Desert Sun Apartments:
The beating heart of Reno, downtown is where the two major highways which cross the town intersect, providing the densest urban environment in the entire city. The world famous Reno Arch is located here, just a few blocks south of I-80. The buildings here are taller than most other places in the city, streets dotted with tall brick and steel buildings, ranging up to nearly 40 stories with the immense Reno Live! Hotel and Casino.
Downtown has a mixture of tourism and hardened inner city locations, small oases of tourism friendly locations of neon and overpriced attractions, surrounded by apartment complexes, and government buildings, and all the other less glamorous fixtures of a modern city.
• Skin and Bones:
• Lannister Books:
• City Hall:
• Reno Arch:
• Reno Live!:
Located just north and east of the city, Pyramid Lake is where the water runs from Tahoe.
Located around 35 miles Northeast of the city proper, Pyramid Lake is the end destination of the Truckee River. While considered beautiful to many in a stark, natural way, Pyramid lake is not a popular tourist destination, due to the water being salty and alkaline, as well as the lake itself being difficult to approach. Instead, there is a significant amount of hunting and fishing activity at the Lake.
• Castillo Desert Tours:
• Dilapidated Shack:
Located over a mile above sea level, Lake Tahoe is a major tourism destination located some 50 miles south of Reno. Renowned for skiing, Tahoe is home to a number of resorts and lodges. Of importance to Reno proper, Lake Tahoe is where the Truckee river begins. At such a high elevation, Tahoe is nestled within the Sierra Nevada mountains, and has year long stable highway access to Reno via US 395.
• Mount Rose Campground:
• Northstar Retreat:
• Pahranagat Estate:
• Game Trail: