Episode 11

Season 2: Reno

Next season on The City: We head west to Reno.

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Season 2: Reno

Robin Amer: Next season on The City: We head west … to Reno.

This scrappy city known for gambling and quick divorces has spent generations trying to prove it’s more than just a second-rate Las Vegas. Now it’s fighting to reinvent itself as an offshoot of Silicon Valley.

They’ve taken aim at a powerful symbol of the image they’re trying to put to rest: strip clubs.

Ground zero in this battle is an aging strip club that sits on the edge of some of Reno’s most valuable land.

But the strip club is fighting back.

Mark Thierman: “They wanted to see what war is, we’ll show em what war is.”

Robin Amer: The City, Season 2: Reno. Coming in October 2019.

Season 2: Reno

The City, USA TODAY’s critically acclaimed investigative podcast, will be back with Season 2 in fall 2019. In this season, The City shines a spotlight on Reno.

This famously licentious city best known for gambling and quickie divorces has spent generations trying to prove it’s not a second-rate Las Vegas. Now it’s fighting to reinvent itself as an offshoot of Silicon Valley.

To usher in this new Reno of Tesla and Google, city boosters want to kick Reno’s aging strip clubs out of downtown. But the strip clubs refuse to go, and many in the city fear Reno is becoming not only unaffordable, but also unrecognizable without its vice. More than a fight over lap dances, The City looks at this battle over Reno’s identity and ones like it being waged in cities across America.

Who decides what kind of city Reno becomes? What is lost and gained in the name of progress? And who among Reno’s residents will no longer be able to call the city home?