Saturday, December 24, 2022

Evolution of Fremont E-2

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Elemental power set ablaze for our amusement.  Calling to our most primal instincts, challenging us to beat the odds, regardless of what they are.  Fremont St is one of the lucky few places that started as the epicenter of the city, then became an afterthought thanks to the strip, and finally reinvented to draw crowds back to it.  The Fremont St Experience has secured itself as a must see attraction, as popular as the Fountains of Bellagio and the Mirage volcano.  
In this installment, we discuss block 14 & 15, better known as Golden Nugget and Binion's

Saturday, August 20, 2022

The Frontier


The Frontier is a property that, despite its multiple incarnations, has ever appealed to me.  By the time I came to the city for the first time she was already a rundown, grind joint on the strip.  But Vegas history is Vegas history.  So it was inevitable that at some point this property would capture my attention long enough to learn all I could about it.  Turns out I don’t have to love a property to find them interesting and worthy of a 360 Vintage Vegas segment.

Saturday, July 23, 2022

Evolution of Fremont E-1

Fremont St. is where it all started.  it's the birthplace of Las Vegas.  But how did it evolve into the 7 casinos we have under the Fremont St. Experience.

In this installment, we discuss blocks 2 and 3, better known as Golden Gate and Circa
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Saturday, March 19, 2022

Tony Cornero and the Stardust

While many architecture academics have criticized Las Vegas for its lack of substance, there may be no better example of this elitism than the scorn directed towards the Stardust.  For better or worse, history points to the Stardust as the defining moment when Las Vegas no longer required a jacket and tie to gain entrance to.  Instead of celebrating the brilliance in the Stardust’s minimalism, it was trashed for focusing more on the exterior signage and fa├žade, wrapped around a building that was little more than a massive, non-descript warehouse.  Whether inadvertent or by intention, it seems each time Vegas has successfully evolved to appeal to more diverse tastes, that success is met with opposition; Slut Shaming those who dare to find things appealing like neon signage, themed resorts or anything deemed inferior to "intellectual" tastes.  But the glory that is Las Vegas is knowing that judging people for what appeals to them has never made converts, it alienates; even if supplying that demand is more financially motivated than cultural.  When the majority doesn't see things the way you'd like them to, that doesn't mean they're wrong, it means you don't get it.  The Stardust got it, in a big way.