What's new in Las Vegas
With the Las Vegas Strip between major developments (City Center is open, while the Caesars Palace-backed LINQ is a little under a year away), it would be easy to assume that Sin City is embracing the status quo for a while. But, as usual, the city continues to reinvent itself. Here are some of the newest additions to Las Vegas.
Text by Robert Spuhler | Photo editing by Connie Ricca
all the trips that i have made to vegas which has been quite a few. i've stayed in some of the best and grandest hotels there and have spent less in vegas than i would have playing golf for a weekend or fishing for a weekend, and had the best and exciting times.. yes i spent money on the slots and on the tables, but it was fun...never a dull moment!!!!!!!
Vegas used to be fun. The food was great and inexpensive. Shows were almost always PG and the rooms were far and away above the average hotel settings. When you gambled a couple of hundred dollars, the pit bosses would comp you at least the morning breakfast and if you dropped a few hundred, maybe even dinner.
Now the rooms look they are all overbooked and undercleaned, The buffets are extremely high priced for average food. The shows are almost all designed for the R rated crowd (meaning: don't bring the kids) and the pit bosses are all business - meaning little or no comps unless you're betting 50 to 100 per hand. Well, at least there's still golf.
Looking out my window of my home right now I can see the elevators going up and down at the Rio, but I have never been to the Rio, I can also see the City Center, But I have never been there either. Like many locals, I just don't go down there as really, the strip is designed mainly for tourists/ visitors for which I am grateful for as with out them, Las Vegas would be at a loss for money to run the city. It is sad that the strip can not be cleaned up. It is not because the city has not tried to, but since the streets are not private but public, there is only so much that can be done. The casinos away from the strip do a much better job keeping things cleaned up as they are mostly private property. Southpoint comes to mind as it is always clean and well maintained. It was planned that way.
You must remember that the Strip was never really planned but sort of evolved in to what it is today. Kind of a disconnected jumble of buildings on Las Vegas Blvd. May be some day a way will be found to make it a better place, but I don't think it will be any time soon. I think one way would be to have private walk ways between buildings like they have in airports so as not to ever have to be on the street. This way the situation could be controlled. This would be expensive, but I do think worth it. Until then I will just watch from here.
Hello, I used to live in Las Vegas many years ago and thought in the late eightys it was "peaked out" BUT was I wrong most certainly as Las vegas rebuilt several casinos after I moved away.Always loved the action in Vegas but since I got married,Hubby and I drove down to Vegas and were very disappointed!It has outgrown itself and now is just another big city with impossiable?traffic snarls and the people are Not friendly at all.Husband is a very outgoing happy person who loves to talk to people but Vegas was a big disappointment and I concur as the city itself has changed and everything has become cutthroat and self centered But Vegas is what it is and I still want to go back to see all the new "improvements".Viva Las Vegas!
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