Saturday, February 18, 2023


Most remember the Riviera as the old rundown place it felt like towards the end of its existence.  But the Riviera roamed the landscape like giants for a time, attracting the biggest names in entertainment.  However that was a long time ago and the Riviera was not able to keep up with changing tastes.  And as Liberace and Dean Martin’s stars began to fade, so did the Riviera, gradually declining into the property she was for her last 20 years, a grind joint. The Riviera is no longer with us.  While romantic hearts will look at this tragically, realists will acknowledge that Riviera is simply a story of a life cycle, the evolution of a property, from inception to implosion. Here is that story.

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Saturday, January 21, 2023

Evolution of Fremont E-3

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The hum, the glow, the animated reminders of the opportunities that lie just inside.  Giant tubes of red, blue and yellow dancing for our attention.  Informing, you too can enjoy a dance with Lady Fortune, a treacherous mistress that is as dangerous as she is beautiful.  The most important thing to remember is that she belongs to no one.  Enjoy the time you get to spend with her because it will be limited before she’s off to blow on some other guys dice. 

In this installment, we conclude our Evolution of Fremont St series by discussing blocks 19, 18 and 30, better known as 4 Queens, Fremont and the D 
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