Perhaps nowhere in Southern Nevada signifies the boom-to-bust of the last 20 years better than Lake Las Vegas. The luxury development was literally carved out of the desert, leaving a jarring disconnect between the man-made oasis and the barren terrain surrounding it. Photographer Michael Light beautifully captures this dichotomy on DesignObserver.com, showing half-developed hillsides juxtaposed with million-dollar homes and stark desert. Design Observer photography editor Aaron Rothman writes, “The razed hillsides still stand as material reminders of a period of hubris and folly that ended in catastrophic failure. But the fantasy embodied in the opulent developments adjacent to those hillsides … has proven hard to shake.”
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Gorillaz are coming to Las Vegas for the first time ever. 2016’s Grammy winner for best new artist, Chance the Rapper, will return. English rockers Muse will bring their dizzying live show to the streets of Downtown. And that’s just the top of an eclectic bill that features more than 70 acts, along with comedy, interactive art installations, a group art exhibit featuring the work of Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson and Shepard Fairey and much more. Last year saw more than 137,000 attendees trod the festival footprint. Who’s ready for more?
Best of the City 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.