North beats South in culture, baseball

Reno gets very little respect in Las Vegas. But that’s largely because we Las Vegans are completely full of it most of the time.

Consider just three things:

• Reno’s Nevada Museum of Art, which opened in 2003, is the only stand-alone art museum in the state. Its 60,000 square feet house multiple high-caliber permanent and traveling exhibits.

Las Vegas can’t seem to muster support for an art museum. The Las Vegas Art Museum, which had dedicated space in the Sahara West Library, closed recently.

• Reno just opened a new $50 million minor league ballpark. It’s in the downtown area and it’s a beauty, by all accounts. The former Tucson Sidewinders Triple-A team has moved north and is now called the Reno Aces.

Las Vegas has aged Cashman Field, which long ago wore out its welcome with fans and players alike. Las Vegas can’t seem to muster support to build a new stadium for its minor league team, the 51s.

• Las Vegans can feel good that construction is set to start soon on the Smith Center for the Performing Arts. This will be a fine and important addition to the city’s cultural landscape.

Of course, Reno’s Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts recently celebrated its 40-year anniversary.