Las Vegas on a Roll?

It’s been awhile since we thought of ourselves as a city on the move. The Strip’s last major opening was the Cosmopolitan in December 2010, and the Downtown renaissance, while uplifting, has not yet sprinkled its fairy dust on the rest of the Valley. But the design of Caesars Entertainment’s Linq project suggests that the Strip’s new era could begin with a nod to the hurlyburly streetscapes of downtowns everywhere.

The centerpiece of the project is the 550-foot-tall High Roller Observation Wheel—shown here under construction in December. Linq is scheduled to open late this year.