At least we seem to have moved past the national media’s incessant claims that the sky is falling in Las Vegas. But that’s only because Tony Hsieh is now holding it up. Hey, we kid! However, it does seem that the media has ditched its fascination with our foreclosed homes and high unemployment, and replaced it with a fixation on all things Downtown. The Western lifestyle magazine Sunset is the latest to trumpet the area’s resurgence, with most of the focus deservedly going to the efforts of Hsieh’s Downtown Project. New Orleans-based writer Wayne Curtis doesn’t look too far beyond Hsieh and all the usual locales, such as Downtown Cocktail Room and The Beat Coffeehouse, but give him credit for recognizing Frankie’s Tiki Room as part of Downtown (even if he doesn’t realize Raku is nowhere near Downtown). And, yes, the story has some of the usual tired Rat Pack references and misrepresentations that come with any Vegas tale written by an outside journalist. But it’s good to read positive accounts of our city again—even if the narrative needle is stuck on a new story.
Best of the City 2017
Our eighth annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best casino comebacks to irresistible pot products