December 23rd, 2013

Whither Las Vegas and Atlantic City?

Will Vegas and Atlantic City go the way of Detroit?

With the proliferation of other, more convenient and less-centralized gambling venues, the two cities may be doomed. Already, more than half the homes in Las Vegas are under water—and I’m not referring to a flood.

OZYMANDIAS by Percy Bysshe Shelley

I met a traveller from an antique land,
Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal, these words appear:
My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

5 Responses to “Whither Las Vegas and Atlantic City?”

  1. expat Says:

    They have just approved a big new casino for Prince Georges County, MD, which is the less elite eastern side of the DC beltway area. What a waste.

    I hope Harry Reid loses votes from the Las Vegas failure.

  2. sayomara Says:

    I noticed the living generations seem to have forgotten what boom towns look like be they the boom towns of the wild west and the gold rush or cities that have simply faded into the mists of history. Call this short history of American that we have had no Major cites fade into nothing but it happens to all countries given enough time.

    But it seems every generation to some degree or another assumes the way things are, are the way they have always been. I think its why so many people don’t really get Climate and that climate change is the most nature thing in the world and no change which seems to be case for keeping dying cities or locking the climate into its current state is very unnatural state of being.

  3. Ymarsakar Says:

    Harry filthy rich Reid gets to tell us how we need to help the poor, they say.

  4. MissJean Says:

    The difference is that Detroit still has fertile land and an excellent irrigation system that is already attracting some interest in whole blocks of easily-cleared derelict houses. What does Las Vegas have in terms of natural resources?

  5. John Dough Says:

    MissJean Says: ….What does Las Vegas have in terms of natural resources?

    Try a low tax structure that attracts fugitive retirees from the snow/rust belt and the Democratic Peoples Republic of California, especially small businesses that can’t afford to operate in the “Peoples Paradise” any longer. We’re seeing a huge growth in these businesses moving.

    Las Vegas will be fine, thank you…. Atlantic City, not so much

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