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How to Keep Las Vegas’ Forward Momentum Rolling

Las Vegas may be breaking tourism records—May was the city’s busiest month ever, with more than 3.7 million visitors—but that doesn’t mean it’s time to get complacent. Governor Brian Sandoval must understand this, since he’s assembled a new committee that will spend the next year considering ways to create the infrastructure that will keep tourism—and the local economy—booming into the future. Read More

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Kirk Kerkorian, 1917-2015

When Kirk Kerkorian died June 15 at the age of 98, Las Vegas didn’t just lose a visionary whose fingerprints are all over the city’s most recognizable chunk of real estate. It lost a man whose accomplishments will almost certainly never again be equaled by a single person. Read More

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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

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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