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David G. Schwartz

David G. Schwartz

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Gaming and Hospitality editor David G. Schwartz has written several books, including Grandissimo: The First Emperor of Las Vegas. By day, he directs the Center for Gaming Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. A little later in the day, he teaches history classes at UNLV. In between all that excitement, he is hard at work contemplating a hyperlocal crowd-sourced artisanal nut butter start-up.

Green Felt Journal

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A New Era for the Tropicana?

Last week started with two big casino news items that were rife with symbolism: the closing of the Riviera and the official groundbreaking for Resorts World. Some 24 hours after padlocks were slapped on the Riviera’s front doors, lion dancers gyrated in an air-conditioned tent across the street on the former site of the Stardust. Read More

Green Felt Journal

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The Locals vs. Tourists Balancing Act

Sometimes, it can seem that life in Southern Nevada is a big zero-sum game. With limited money to spend in both the private and public sectors, this dilemma is ever-present: Invest in infrastructure and attractions that will draw more tourists and pump more money into the economy, or add more services and institutions that enhance the quality of life for those of us who live here? Read More