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Downtown Las Vegas residents complain of Life is Beautiful restrictions

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A fence separates a downtown Las Vegas apartment complex from the Life is Beautiful festival in this image from Sept. 23, 2016. (Source: FOX5) A fence separates a downtown Las Vegas apartment complex from the Life is Beautiful festival in this image from Sept. 23, 2016. (Source: FOX5)
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Some downtown Las Vegas residents are finding little beauty in the annual Life is Beautiful music festival.

The festival is sprawling, prompting road closures, restricting access for neighbors and, according to some, creating safety issues.

Residents of the 211 apartment complex have a clear view of the festival, but some residents told FOX5 it feels like a prison.

“As you can hear, that’s an all-day thing. They did soundcheck yesterday until 2 in the morning. No one could sleep,” said downtown Las Vegas resident Monique Charles.

Another resident, Honora Cosley, said the lack of sleep isn’t the chief complaint.  

“What really alarmed us was this huge fence blocking us from entering the town that we patronize 365 days a year. We live here. We’re the residents,” she said.

Charles, who doesn’t own a car, takes an RTC bus to where she needs to go. She said the festival has turned a five-minute walk into an hour-long commute.

“This has become a nightmare, like a nightmare that is not ending,” she said. “Makes no sense. The point of me moving downtown was convenience.”

Not everyone’s complaining. Longtime downtown Las Vegas resident Jack Burwell said he doesn’t understand all the fuss.

“A bunch of crybabies. They’re dealing with a man who has money, [who] is putting this thing on for everybody. Go find something to do for a couple days," he said. 

It’s more than a couple days. Neighbors said crews started setting the festival up on Wednesday. It’s not expected to be cleared until next Wednesday.

Another issue for residents is safety. They said a woman was jumped this week while returning home from work.

“She had to park so far out because of our restrictive parking and walked back to the building. She was accosted by two different gentlemen and chased down an alleyway,” Cosley said.

“People who are in wheelchairs, oxygen or pregnant - God forbid something happens to them. We pray and wish a security guard will let them through, and they don’t,” Charles said.

FOX5 was told there are 24 shuttles operating in downtown Las Vegas to get residents around. Charles said most of them are not on time, and some of them aren’t safe.

“They’re not checking IDs to make sure you belong in this community, so anyone can jump in the shuttle. They try and mug you, feel up on you,” she said.

Life is Beautiful organizers sent letters to downtown Las Vegas residents informing them of bus routes, shuttle times and road closures. It states Ogden Avenue would be open to the public. That wasn’t the case Friday.  

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