Why doesn’t Las Vegas have traffic roundabouts like Summerlin?

First of all, kind sir, Summerlin is part of Las Vegas. Second, the intersection of Lake Shore South and Crystal Water Way in the northwest has a roundabout—and Henderson’s Serene Avenue has several. In any case, that’s just what we need: more opportunities for under-trained motorists to get confused behind the wheel.

Even officials seem confused about how to manage these stop-less intersections, as roundabout rules have changed since I lived in Summerlin in the late 1990s. Back then, if you entered a roundabout from the right (outside) lane, you had to “exit” (turn right) at the next opportunity; if you entered from the left (inside) lane, you could not exit from that lane. Instead, you had to merge right just before your exit.

Today’s DMV handbook, however, permits right-lane entrants to either exit or “cross” the intersection, and left-lane entrants to “cross” the intersection (exiting at the second exit) or continue around for a “U-turn.” The handbook also prohibits lane changes, which begs the question: How does a driver in the outside lane know if and when the one in the inside lane intends to exit, and how does the inside-lane driver do so without simply darting across a moving lane of traffic?

But to answer your direct question, those European-style intersections were master-planned into Summerlin’s infrastructure before that suburb was built, which came after most of the rest of Las Vegas. In fact, Summerlin’s earliest roundabout, built in 1990, is considered the first modern roundabout in the U.S. But don’t expect to see them in long-established areas anytime soon; the infrastructure changes would likely prove too challenging.

Is it true that the mob remains in Las Vegas, operating companies that supply goods and services to casinos?

Mob? What mob?

When someone describes a local spot as “like you aren’t even in Vegas,” what do they mean?

I’ve heard that phrase a remarkable number of times, describing everything from cafés to events. It seems to be snooty shorthand—”non-gambling, locals-oriented, big-city, urbane, cultured”—and it reveals more about the speaker than it does about Las Vegas. After all, these places do exist, and they are in Las Vegas. So if they are not “of” Las Vegas, then aren’t these awesome places themselves inauthentic, rather than Las Vegas itself? But, hey, what do I know? I’m not from a real city.



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