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Frontier Hotel 1942-2007

Frontier Hotel 1942-2007

"This is the end result of all the bright lights... and the comp trips, of all the champagne... and free hotel suites,
and all the broads and all the booze. It's all been arranged just for us to get your money.
That's the truth about Las Vegas. We're the only winners. The players don't stand a chance. "

-- Sam "Ace" Rothstein, Casino, 1995

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Las Vegas Abandoned Construction Site #12

Here we go again…   Another timeshare project gone bust…  This carnage is across the street from the Rio on Twain Dr.   

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Las Vegas Car of the Week #22

Check out this beast rolling near the LV Strip...  I believe this is an early to mid 80's Lincoln Towne Car.  Blue paint, blue vinyl top, white leather interior.  Whatta beast of a car -- and looks to be in excellent shape also!  Note all windows down -- temp. was 105f at the time.  Imagine this monster rear ending a Prius...  Ugly!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Guess the Las Vegas Casino #7

This a Strip hotel, not Circus Circus or IP.  Good luck...

This disgusting mess was not cleaned the entire time I was in the casino -- almost 3 hours.

Inventory: 4 cigs, 2 cigars, broken glass...

How far the mighty have fallen...

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Las Vegas Abandoned Construction Site #11

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“Canyon Edge” is one of the more unusual abandoned construction sites I have come across since moving to the Las Vegas area.  Location is about a quarter of mile north of the intersection of Horizon Ridge Pkwy. and Green Valley Ranch Pkwy. in Henderson. This is a collection of “single family” homes of about half which were completed.  The rest of home sites have never been built on.

I would imagine that these homes were selling for well over $1 million dollars before the crash, now the the entire project sits empty with not one residence occupied.  I will give some credit to the bank that owns this property – they have the place surrounded by a chain link fence and there is 24 hour security protecting the place.  I know this because I got chased away from the property one afternoon while trying to get some close in photos.

These residences are modern looking and appear to be of high end construction.   I just don’t see how they are ever going to get sold, even at a huge discount.  Who wants to buy a home like this in a neighborhood that is half finished?  I have a feeling these places are going to sit empty for many years.

Here are are a few photos the project.  Though the homes appear to be finished and occupied, all these homes are empty.









Monday, July 11, 2011

Closed? Really?

Here we ago again with urban blight in Las Vegas.  This location is on Tropicana about 2 miles east of the Strip.  What I don't understand is why after a building is demolished, the sign of the former business is allowed to remain standing?  In this case the sign is a target for vandals and taggers -- thereby causing further blight in the area. 

Really?  "The Hop" is closed?  No shit.  Ridiculous.  FYI -- this land is now being used by car washers and street vendors to ply their various trades.  Nice.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Las Vegas Smoker of the Week #18

1:00 pm cig break in front of Casino Royale.  Butt soon to be tossed on the ground.  Welcome to Las Vegas...

Las Vegas Car of the Week #21

This junker -- I think it's a Chevy Caprice was actually sitting in the Aria valet waiting to be parked.  I am surprised Aria even lets such junky ride be allowed into it's valet.  Then let the car sit there for an hour waiting to be parked?  Really?  How far the mighty have fallen...

FYI  -- That's an Encore Rolls Limo that just dropped off Mr. and Mrs. Chen from Taiwan at Aria.  This it what greets them as they enter the joint.  Nice...

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Traffic Jam: I-15 West leaving Vegas...

I drove back from Calif. on  Mon. 6/27 and saw one of the worst traffic jams exiting out of Las Vegas I have ever seen.  To my knowledge there were no accidents -- just thousands of cars all trying to leave LV at the same time.  These photos were taken around 2pm.

This traffic jam stretched from Primm to a few miles before St. Rose Pkwy. -- a distance of approx. 30 miles.  That's right -- thousands of cars in complete gridlock, idling and in stop and go traffic in a 106f heat. Apparently most of these vehicles were occupied by attendees at the "Electric Daisy Carnival" held over the past weekend.

To make the matters worse, that stupid CA "agricultural checkpoint" had a min. 5 mile back up when I drove past it in Yermo.  Combine this back up with the traffic jam leaving LV, and I would add 2-3 hours extra travel time -- not to mention traffic upon entering southern CA.  Please see previous posting on this issue:

Every time I see traffic like this, or I am stuck in traffic like this leaving LV, I ask myself why?  Why can't CA and Nevada, and the Federal Govt fix this clusterfuck and have some sort of a legitimate highway to move all these people in and out of southern Nevada to southern CA?