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  • Green Felt Journal

    Second Chances on the North Strip

    By David G. Schwartz

    Will the Fontainebleau finally fulfill its promise?

  • NYE 2016

    Strip-Side Celebrations

    By Ashley Miles

    Instead of hitting the clubs, consider these unconventional venues that are hosting their own unique New Year’s countdowns.

  • Ask a Native

    What Odds of Long-Term Success Do You Give an NHL Team in Las Vegas?

    By James P. Reza

    The Native weighs in on the NHL craze and paid parking on the Strip.

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    Strip vs. Downtown By the Numbers

    By Lissa Townsend Rodgers

    While most are staying on the Strip, some are making their way Downtown. The numbers for the properties around Fremont Street may still be dwarfed by those farther south, but they are rising.

  • Green Felt Journal

    MGM’s Park and the Future of the Strip

    By David G. Schwartz

    Who will be coming to Las Vegas in 2019? If current trends continue, the average visitor to Las Vegas should be somewhere in his mid-40s, and will enjoy shopping, drinking, dining and live entertainment more than gambling.

  • Green Felt Journal

    The Year of Hope and Holding Steady

    By David G. Schwartz

    The people who run Las Vegas casinos were expecting a lot in 2012: a return to prosperity on the Strip, a revival downtown and a federal framework for online poker. They didn’t get everything they wanted, but at the end of the year, they’re still in the game, which might be a victory in and of itself.

  • Dining

    Best Breakfast on the Strip

    Versatility is the ticket at MOzen Bistro, an elegant, intimate, genteel dining room that caters to many of our Asian visitors. The Western breakfasts such as steel-cut oatmeal and whole-wheat pancakes with Vermont maple syrup are superb, but there is also the option to have a full Japanese bento-box breakfast of teriyaki salmon, miso soup with all the fixings, or Chinese congee with such garnishes as braised peanut, spring onion and fresh ginger. And they throw in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today for free.

  • Independence Day Roundup: See you on July 4th! Or the 7th! Whenever?

    By Yuhi Kim

    If you're completely thrown off by July 4 falling on a Wednesday this year, we don't blame you. Independence Day hasn't hit hump day since 2007. We’re not sure what you did back then, but this year, the celebration starts early and ends late.  SATURDAY, June 30

  • The Latest Thought

    Character Assassination

    By Geoff Carter

    Every now and again I walk the Strip to remind myself what’s keeping the lights on in this town. Just as every middle-school student should take a field trip to Washington, D.C., to see how government is run, so should every Las Vegan walk Las Vegas Boulevard, from Treasure Island to CityCenter. You need to see firsthand what goes into this hot dog.

  • The Strip

    Divide and Conquer

    By David G. Schwartz

    On the surface, it wasn’t unusual news when the ONE Group announced March 9 that it had acquired the Tropicana’s night- and dayclubs; most casinos outsource their club operations. But there’s more to the takeover than meets the eye. In recent years, casinos have gotten increasingly comfortable with subletting major pieces of their real estate, giving up control over operations in exchange for guaranteed rental income. MGM Resorts International, for example, delegated the redevelopment of the erstwhile Fontana Lounge in Bellagio to SBE Entertainment Group.

  • The Latest Thought

    Designs on the Creative Class

    Luke Heffron, a marketing manager of the photo-printing website Shutterfly, describes the problem of design this way: Everyone is attracted to bright, shiny objects. But the world is filled with bright shiny objects—so many are in competition that all but the very brightest cancel each other out. To matter, design needs to be more carefully considered; we need to think not only about the sheen of a thing, but its place in the greater whole of the culture.

  • Green Felt Journal

    Stirring up the Strip

    By David G. Schwartz

    With all due respect to artists’ renderings, the recent unveiling of plans for Caesars Entertainment’s Linq have people wondering just what the east side of the Strip will look like when the project opens in June 2013. But behind the aesthetic curiosity is another, more immediate question: How will the massive construction project affect guests and employees? Most of the initial dislocations will be behind the scenes, says Rick Mazer, president of Harrah’s Las Vegas, Flamingo, Imperial Palace, Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon and O’Sheas.

  • The Strip

    The Colossus of CityCenter

    CityCenter, despite its bravura architecture, is a bit of a mystery—a place that wants to impress you but stubbornly refuses to welcome you. Maybe it’s the oceans of glass, which look beautiful on the skyline but up close seem aloof. Or maybe it’s simply that designers chose not to sully the project’s lengthy front facade with a pylon sign. No big letters. No neon. No LED. And few clues as to what’s going on inside. The lack of a sign has rendered CityCenter somewhat mute.

  • The Strip

    Beer Pong Forever!

    By David G. Schwartz

    When the details of Caesars Entertainment’s $550 million Linq were announced last week, most people were riveted by what the project promises to bring to Vegas in June 2013: 200,000 square feet of outdoor dining and shopping, a new name and appearance for the Imperial Palace, and a 550-foot sky wheel (Caesars doesn’t want us to say “Ferris,” so … OK) as an anchor. But when I live-Tweeted news that O’Sheas was going to close in mid-2012 during the construction of Linq, eventually to be rebuilt as part of the no-longer-Imperial Palace, I was greeted by a deluge.

  • Community & Culture

    Best Mass Transit (Seriously!)

    Avoid the crowds. Take the not-so-scenic tour. Suck in the air-conditioning. Enjoy having no problem whatsoever finding a seat. Rejoice in pulling into the back of the Imperial Palace, or the Sahara Station, which remains open despite the casino being closed. For your $5, you can ride the Las Vegas Monorail from the Sahara to the MGM in about 15 minutes. Take that, stuck-in-traffic-on-the-Strip drivers! LVMonorail.com.

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