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justdefended
Dec 17, 2009, 8:21 PM
Went to the ARIA Grand Opening event last night and came away impressed with the approach they took. It's definitely different from any other property so far.

First, the floor plan is great. Each section holds a great thought to traffic flow and providing games with their own section. For example, the baccarat tables are nestled between Blossom and Lemongrass Asian restaurants, the Race & Sports Book is in its own hallway / corner next to the Skybox eatery, and the Haze Nightclub is one level below the main floor near the North Valet to keep club traffic completely out of site and away from the casino - unlike lines for Tryst which block the registration area, or XS which blocks entry to shops.

The decor is young, modern, futuristic, and unexpectedly warm considering how how stale the inside could have been. The Main and North Valet entrance are equally impressive - the main entrance with the grey and white floor, Maya Line Colorado River sculpture and sky high cielings are just as impressive as the airport like glass canopy in the North Valet.

The Promenade Level is easy to reach from both sides of the casino. One end is the Viva Elvis theater which is bright, big and well done. Though there didn't seem to be the 'warm wood' theme from the casino above. It felt like a huge hallway with things to the left and right. I think the area may come off better when there's natural light pouring in in the daytime.

The restaurants so far are fantastic. I loved that each was so different in vibe, theme, and presentation.

First Julian Serrano was fantastic - Ahi Tuna with sesame seeds and cranberry, and a churizo were some notable samples. Also everything was around 10 to 12 bucks.

Bar Masa is going to be a big hit. A massive bar behind the main entry (one side for sitting the other for ordering) and a full glass wall to see the monorail float by.

Cafe Vettro also has a full glass view facing Harmon Circle and included green and silver for a futuristic feel - definitely does not look like any coffee shop out there.

Union was also a big hit with nice wavy wood decor and full view of the casino. Another hit was Deuce Lounge, a dark and suave lounge mixed with a few tables.

In fact, all the bars like City Bar near the North Valet, Bar Moderno near the Guest Elevators and View Bar near the Main Valet were in great locations and all have different vibes.

The casino floor is straight foward, surrounded by slots with table games on the inside. Design is great with the undulating wood planks. It's more lush than M Resort, and more airy than The Mirage due to high cielings. The high cielings are definitely noticeable throughout the property - even all the directory signage is higher than usual.

Overall the vibe of Aria is modern, slick and unpretentious. Bellagio, Wynn and Encore carry a bit of a wealth, aristocratic feel, but I think Aria will attract the young with its modern edge and the older with architecture and service. Though both segments will need to have decent income.

One last thing. Aria smells great. They are definitely using some of the scents from the Sales Pavillion and they add a light touch without going overboard with coconut sweetness or musky cologne.

justdefended
Dec 17, 2009, 8:30 PM
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2735/4192839109_b2e4cef1cc.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2804/4192839459_6d9383dbde.jpg


BTW the Lumia Fountain is awesome. In the largest event it blooms all arcs of water together to create a bright fireball. In other events it shoots two arcs at each other then flashes an LED upon impact to create a spark.

Also, the Focus Waterwall is incredible. Huge circular wall and it can cascade a bunch of different patterns down all the ridges.

justdefended
Dec 18, 2009, 4:11 AM
More insight into The Harmon construction debacle.

Interestingly enough, MGM says all rebar issues have been corrected and a Perini rep says the building could be built up:

“It’s just a matter of how much they (MGM) want to spend,” he said. “Right now, with some modification … if they want to expand it beyond the 20th floor as it is, they can do so. But they’ve chosen not to.”

Rizzo said MGM Mirage likely is waiting to evaluate the absorption rate of the condominiums throughout the rest of CityCenter. Should they sell as the economy improves, the company could alter its plans to either expand the Harmon or make it strictly residential.

http://www.hotelnewsnow.com/Articles.aspx?ArticleId=2398&ArticleType=35&PageType=News

Here's hoping CityCenter does well and MGM has the funds to build The Harmon the way it was meant to be built.

Snotick
Dec 18, 2009, 2:00 PM
First, the floor plan is great. Each section holds a great thought to traffic flow and providing games with their own section. For example, the baccarat tables are nestled between Blossom and Lemongrass Asian restaurants, the Race & Sports Book is in its own hallway / corner next to the Skybox eatery, and the Haze Nightclub is one level below the main floor near the North Valet to keep club traffic completely out of site and away from the casino - unlike lines for Tryst which block the registration area, or XS which blocks entry to shops.

As much as this sounds like a good idea. This just confirms what I already stated. These places are built on money from the casino's and gamblers. You need to get people into your casino. I have heard other references to the Aria floor plan being laid out so that a person can move through the property without having to pass through the casino. This is a mistake. Gambling is an impulsive addiction. Its the same as a grocery store moving all of its toys and candies away from the checkout lanes. Just because the people that frequent the clubs, sometimes act like 3 year olds at a grocery store checkout, doesnt mean that you dont want them in your casino. Especially if they have been drinking. Even the non club goers like to see the eye candy parade past you in a casino.

CosmoVegas
Dec 18, 2009, 6:37 PM
Some youtube video of Aria fountains, the first one shows the wall of water too, pretty cool but it would be much better if there was some music too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1FeIadr7d4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GC4QQ1GXTcw

justdefended
Dec 18, 2009, 7:14 PM
Poker Blog reporting the Aria Poker Room has operated near capacity since the Wed. opening:

http://www.lasvegasvegas.com/pokerblog/121809-23.jpg

While you could walk through Aria without entering the casino (like Wynn or Encore), it still dominates the floor space. You can't miss the slots in nearly any pathway to restaurants, guest elevators, or the promenade.

For the nightclub, I think that luring gaming from the clientele will just be a bonus. The club will be generating a ton of cash from them with cover fees, table service, and bar service. Plus if anyone gets hungry, they have to tread over to the restaurants, and subsequently see the casino. To me, diverting this particular traffic won't adversely affect the ability to generate profit.

There will be gamblers and there will be non-gamblers. The trick is to give each person what they want. Entertainment revenue, including dining, has become increasingly important to Vegas, particularly in an economy when gaming revenue is down. Aria has a very comfortable casino for gamblers. The restaurants, shopping and Viva Elvis are top notch for non-gamblers.

The Poker Blog pointed out that the Poker Room is near the Aria Self Parking Garage, a preference for poker players to get in and out. I think as long as you keep each kind of gambler happy, they will keep coming back and have a better chance of spending money elsewhere in the property.

mac78130
Dec 19, 2009, 6:31 PM
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justdefended
Dec 20, 2009, 1:08 AM
Headed back to CityCenter today to get a vibe for how the public would embrace the project. If today is any indication, CityCenter is a definite attraction for visitors.

First, ate at the buffet. Surprisingly minimalist with bamboo benches and light poles that drop from the ceiling. Great natural light from the pool deck. Food was excellent. $23.95 for weekend brunch, $19.95 for standard lunch, and $34.95 for gourmet dinner weekends.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2799/4198910344_2e9bf411ab.jpg

The Promenade is definitely better in the day. Skylights and a glass wall brighten up the entire hallway.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2693/4198946968_abecd7e841_b.jpg

Next, headed over to the Convention Center. Spectacular.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2480/4198156839_d2734b5104_o.jpg

The glass wall stretches all the way to the 15 freeway and illuminates all three floors.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2551/4198910430_870db160d9_o.jpg

I liked the cactus plants and other pieces that ground the class curtain.

It's a ton of convention space. Have a feeling that once meeting planners have a look they will be won over.

Next, headed back to Crystals. Totally different from the soft opening on Dec. 3. This time, well, there were people!

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2611/4198156883_72f5e93421.jpg

Lots of people walking about, particularly the Halo WET Design feature that intrigued kids and adults.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2772/4198910468_8030136bc9.jpg

It was also fixed from when it first debuted. No more misty tubes. All were clear and showing off hot tornado action.

Finally, and somewhat unexpectedly, the Aria casino was packed. Poker room, slots, craps, roulette, all about 75 percent full. Restaurants like Lemongrass were full, even people getting To Go at the Skybox To Go window.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2611/4198156813_da5b939970_o.jpg

It looks like the project is off to a great start. Not sure if it's leaving all other casinos empty, though Treasure Island wasn't all that crowded in the afternoon. Haven't checked other resorts but will be back next week to see how other places are doing.

glowrock
Dec 20, 2009, 2:09 AM
The newest places will also attract the biggest crowds and draw away from the others, at least for a while. Give it a couple of months, it'll take at least that long to really measure CityCenter's effect on the rest of The Strip.

Aaron (Glowrock)

mac78130
Dec 21, 2009, 1:35 AM
The PH Tower will be open to the public on 12/28...

mac78130
Dec 21, 2009, 3:16 AM
Aria Lumia Fountain

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Halo at The Crystals

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mdiederi
Dec 21, 2009, 4:24 AM
The Lumia fountain reminds me of that fountain they used to have in front of the Luxor where a hologram would appear in the splashing water.

justdefended
Dec 21, 2009, 4:44 AM
Murren told Forbes.com this week that he will talk to Andrew Sasson of Light Group in the beginning of next year to restart the project.

Not sure if this means to simply finish out the interior, but the The Harmon signage was never placed, nor was the building lit up at all at CityCenter's grand opening.

There really is no need for an additional 400 rooms to the existing 6,000 at CC. I think it'd be better to look at the building long-term. If they stop now and leave it at 400 rooms there will be no going back to expand while it's in operation.

While it's still technically in construction mode they can see if it would be worth it to build it back up to a decent height, then leave the interior unfinished until demand is back up.

http://www.forbes.com/2009/12/19/las-vegas-gambling-citycenter-business-billionaires-citycenter.html

inCrescentCity
Dec 21, 2009, 7:12 AM
Cool timelapse of the construction:

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J_M_Tungsten
Dec 21, 2009, 11:51 AM
Great Videos!!!

lfc4life
Dec 21, 2009, 6:59 PM
mark over at VT&T has details of a $100m makeover for the tropicana that has already started

http://www.vegastodayandtomorrow.com/tropicana.htm#plans

jazfingr
Dec 22, 2009, 10:38 PM
:previous:

Thanks for the plug :D :D

Kirre
Dec 23, 2009, 3:27 PM
Does anyone have some interior/pool shots of the Planet Hollywood tower since it began to open over the weekend?

ieguy441
Dec 23, 2009, 5:06 PM
mark over at VT&T has details of a $100m makeover for the tropicana that has already started

http://www.vegastodayandtomorrow.com/tropicana.htm#plans

This is very exciting news! I always hit up the Trop at least once a trip (we have quite a collection of the bamboo shaped glasses from Lucky's Bar) but the place was starting to feel like Slots-O-Fun meets The Riviera. I've always thought that the place has a lot of potential beyond total demolition; the basic layout of it is not as outdated and chopped up as some of the other older casinos.

Here are some of the things I hope they can address:

1. Low ceilings. I'm 6'2" and I feel like I am walking through Wonka's Chocolate Factory in that hallway area near the retail kiosks and the Garden Cafe. Hopefully they can address this somehow.

2. The High Limit area. The whole area needs to be ripped out and rethought. Access to the upper level needs to be reworked considerably, as it feels very awkward now. Perhaps rework the area to include a set of straight escalators leading to the upper level, remove the open space between the two levels and make the high limit area it's own private room or chamber.

3. Skylights. If they are going for the Miami Beach tropical theme, add some skylights to the casino area (where they can be added considering the upper level).

4. NE Entry. Completely reconfigure the north east entrance where that outdated staircase and the "high limit slots" are located. Perhaps create a more grand staircase, think of the curved escalators at the Forum Shops but on a smaller scale. The slot area could become a relocated and renamed Lucky's Bar.

5. The Garden Rooms. While this will have to wait for a future phase 2, it would be interesting to see some of the older Garden Rooms completely gutted (or rebuilt) into poolside villas. These could essentially become the "high roller" or "VIP" suites.

6. The towers. Eventually, it would be nice to see the towers re-skinned. I can see them being skinned in glass, curve the edges of the buildings, and give them a very nice Art Deco look.

Hopefully they have some great ideas up their sleeves... I am hopeful :) What a great place that could be to escape some of the bigger properties.

ScottG
Dec 23, 2009, 7:03 PM
low ceilings is a curse on old properties - because of structure - it is impossible to fix without demolishing and rebuilding - i know some areas in trop have a 7' ceiling - and this will have to remain (unless they start over)
unfortunalty the low ceiling trend of the 60/70s its unavoidable without starting over.

this is found in circus circus, riviera, and Sahara - and they dont fix it - even the popcorn ceiling is evident in many areas (althought, of course, this can be redone easily (if there is no asbestos)

CHAPINM1
Dec 27, 2009, 5:28 AM
Even projects that are older on Vegas standards such as Luxor, MGM, and the Monte Carlo have lower ceilings on average as well. The skylobbies in the Monte Carlo on the hotel floors drop as low as 7'. I am 6'1" and also feel like I am in the movie "Being John Malcovich" when in some of those places. Luxor's hallways have low ceilings as well. Anyway, great to see the cheap conventional trend coming to an end.

On another note, I read that the air traffic for Las Vegas is finally on the rise again! November 2009's traffic compared to November 2008's traffic was up by a small margin, but was still up. The next thing I am waiting for is for the construction of Fontainebleau to start again. I have a feeling that once that starts, that will be by far the focus of this forum kind of how Project City Center was for quite some time.

mac78130
Dec 27, 2009, 11:56 PM
Does anyone have some interior/pool shots of the Planet Hollywood tower since it began to open over the weekend?

I overlooked your post... sorry. You can view a few photos of the PH Tower here:

http://www.postranecky.com/index.html

glowrock
Dec 28, 2009, 12:40 AM
mark over at VT&T has details of a $100m makeover for the tropicana that has already started

http://www.vegastodayandtomorrow.com/tropicana.htm#plans

Personally, I'd say the Tropicana is in need for far more than $100 million worth of renovations! :)

Aaron (Glowrock)

glowrock
Dec 28, 2009, 12:49 AM
My thoughts on CityCenter after just getting back from Vegas a few hours ago... Amazing architecture so far as interior and exterior of Aria, external architecture on the rest of the buildings is simply amazing as well. Super modern, more or less "Future Street", so to speak. The Crystals looks great on the outside, but I find the inside to be horribly confusing and too stark with the all-white walls. Bad placement of stairs/escalators as well.

Pedestrian accessibility is quite poor, honestly. This project is so focused on the automobile that pedestrian access appears to be nearly an afterthought, aside from the skybridges across Harmon, LV Blvd., and CityCenter Blvd... Skybridges are great, except for when the elevators are broken and you're forced to take the stairs (okay for people in reasonable health, but nearly impossible for someone with even the most mild disability)...

The tram is pretty cool, but the fact that it takes 15 minutes of walking through Bellagio to approach it from the north, a 10 minute walk through the Monte Carlo to get to it on the south, and the Crystals station is so far behind the rest of the shopping center renders it essentially useless. It takes less time to walk along The Strip from Bellagio to Monte Carlo than it does walking all the way through the Bellagio to the tram, taking the tram ride, and then walking all the way to the front of the Monte Carlo. Nice idea, but more or less pathetically useless. Kind of like the tram between Mandalay Bay, Luxor, and Excalibur, and of course the one between Mirage and Treasure Island.

Overall, I'd call it 21st Century Architecture with 1970's era layout and planning.

Aaron (Glowrock)

ScottG
Dec 28, 2009, 6:57 AM
it looks like the exterior of the Tropicana towers are currently being "renovated"

the north tower (closest to the strip) is getting a white 'coverup' on all the windows and black paneling so that the entire tower is white, i even think the top gold crowns are getting the white treatment.

this does not really change the look of the towers, just makes them seem clean, or at least, cleaner.

mac78130
Dec 28, 2009, 5:59 PM
Hard Rock's HRH Tower opens today

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/dec/28/hard-rock-open-new-tower-nightclub-today/

http://media.lasvegassun.com/media/img/photos/2009/12/14/scaled.HRHTowerSuitecrHRH_t651.jpg?f88c8649bbadbb805ebb7b1c2020cc5b10765421

VegasBound
Dec 28, 2009, 8:37 PM
Wanted to add that CityCenter is not "self parking" friendly. When I visited the self parking was full and directed to valet. They told me that only 7% of the spaces are reserved for self parking.

glowrock
Dec 29, 2009, 1:39 AM
Wanted to add that CityCenter is not "self parking" friendly. When I visited the self parking was full and directed to valet. They told me that only 7% of the spaces are reserved for self parking.

Isn't that gigantic garage behind Monte Carlo for both it and CityCenter?

Aaron (Glowrock)

glowrock
Dec 29, 2009, 1:41 AM
Hard Rock's HRH Tower opens today

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/dec/28/hard-rock-open-new-tower-nightclub-today/



It looks great, but I honestly have yet to see a "basic" room better than the Palazzo! :yes:

Aaron (Glowrock)

solarquestion
Dec 29, 2009, 4:19 PM
Wanted to add that CityCenter is not "self parking" friendly. When I visited the self parking was full and directed to valet. They told me that only 7% of the spaces are reserved for self parking.

This simply cannot be true. I went to Aria last night and self-parked and so was everyone else. It was swarming with people parking their own cars.

The garage behind and south of Aria is for employees of CityCenter and Monte Carlo.

jazfingr
Dec 30, 2009, 12:44 AM
Wanted to add that CityCenter is not "self parking" friendly. When I visited the self parking was full and directed to valet. They told me that only 7% of the spaces are reserved for self parking.

I've been to ARIA three times and self parked each time. I found the lot easy to navigate and convenient to the resort. No issues here. :D

justdefended
Dec 30, 2009, 6:26 PM
Same here. Have used the ARIA Self Parking several times and went through the back of Harmon Circle to valet at Vdara. Sooo nice to have Harmon go through to skip Strip traffic.

solarquestion
Dec 31, 2009, 1:19 PM
No one has really posted it yet so... what the Aria I-15 sign at night looks like.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinnleung/4230300254/

Krases
Dec 31, 2009, 4:42 PM
No one has really posted it yet so... what the Aria I-15 sign at night looks like.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinnleung/4230300254/

Woah! That is actually pretty cool.

solarquestion
Dec 31, 2009, 5:35 PM
I guess you can't tell from the stand-alone photo, but the blue lights sort of flow on the structure... with the columns sort of flaring up at the base. Difficult piece to describe.

ScottG
Jan 2, 2010, 7:01 PM
do u think it was intentional to have the outline of Nevada on the sign? (its shown mirrored here, but on the other side it is normal)

Krases
Jan 3, 2010, 6:02 PM
Found a webcam for the new Smith Center for the Performing Arts.

http://www.lvpacfoundation.org/site.php

Its too bad that Symphony park has been hit so hard by the depression. It seems like an attempt was being made to diversify the city, but it didn't happen soon enough.

ScottG
Jan 4, 2010, 8:36 PM
Shooting at las Vegas federal Building developing news now:
http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/01/04/las.vegas.shooting/index.html


Happy new year

Krases
Jan 5, 2010, 3:50 AM
Shooting at las Vegas federal Building developing news now:
http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/01/04/las.vegas.shooting/index.html


Happy new year

Put that in current events, not this thread.

ScottG
Jan 6, 2010, 2:17 AM
harrahs has bought planet hollywood

http://www.vegastripping.com/news/news.php?news_id=3083

There's no point complaining about it, or wishing that it's not gonna happen, Harrah's debt purchase of Planet Hollywood is a done deal.

In early September 2009, Harrah's began purchasing Planet Hollywood's debt. Forty-five days later, Harrah's filed application with Nevada Gaming Control to buy the joint. Harrah's CEO Gary Loveman sent this email message to Harrah's employees:

The Planet Hollywood resort is currently in default to its lenders. As a result of our purchase of their debt, we are working on a plan that also would allow Harrah's to own and manage the property. This is an attractive proposition because of Planet Hollywood's proximity to our other resorts on the Strip, its high-quality product offering and its strong brand name.

Within days, two high ranking executives brought in to manage the rebirth and repositioning of Planet Hollywood left to go fix the Tropicana. We expect even more defections as Harrah's looks for cost savings and redundancies.

Commenter David on Five Hundy's 5th Anniversary Show pointed out that Planet Hollywood is leaving Starwood Preferred Guest program (SPG).

Leaving Starwood on January 15, 2010 - The Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino, A Sheraton Resort will be leaving the Starwood system on January 15, 2010. Reservations for dates on or after January 15, 2010, will not be eligible for Starwood Preferred Guest membership benefits, award redemption or accrual." - SPG

Twitter user @josephthomas asked @phvegas about this directly earlier today:


Welcome to Planet Loveman.

Sources have told us that Planet Hollywood will enter Harrah's property pecking order right below Caesars Palace directly above Rio and Paris. The Planet Hollywood name will remain on the property and become part of Harrah's global branding strategy along with the Horseshoe, Caesars, Ballys, WSOP and Flamingo names.

Much like you, we're always sad when Harrah's gobbles up yet another property, particularly when it was starting to look like the opposite was about to come true.

Would it be stupid for us to hope that Harrah's acquisition goonsquad will take the time to glean lessons from Planet Hollywood's success? Stupid is as stupid does and here's a whole lotta stupid: people are attracted to Planet Hollywood because it provides a great return on the value proposition... from dining to drinks to dice, nearly all offerings at P.Ho are a square deal. The sharp, bright and exciting atmosphere attracts smarter, bargain aware. middle tier players and stayers who will more likely start the day with a Mimosa than a Metamucil. Being footloose does not preclude being financially irresponsible.

Perhaps the most important part of P-Ho's success - and the one that will most likely be lost on Harrah's bean counters - is the shocking reality that it became the magnet property for those who have grown weary of the Harrah's marketing algorithm. Total Rewards in their eyes is a perfect demonstration of how total information awareness can turn your psychology into a mathematical equation. Harrah's infotechnologists have effectively reduced your entirety to an array of values in a database from which a marionette of enticements can built and choreographed.

In the old days, dealers knew your name, what you drank, what you played. Today, it's like checkin' into an airport. And if you order room service, you're lucky if you get it by Thursday. Today, it's all gone. You get a whale show up with four million in a suitcase, and some twenty-five-year-old hotel school kid is gonna want his Social Security Number." - Ace Rothstein

Tropicana or bust?

mac78130
Jan 7, 2010, 3:20 AM
Steel girders being installed.

flickr photo by shawnsplace (http://www.flickr.com/photos/shawnsplace/4242996956/)
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2723/4242996956_29dcd4bd14.jpg

flickr shawnsplace (http://www.flickr.com/photos/shawnsplace/4242974662/)
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4023/4242974662_8c854565c5_b.jpg

Cozybop
Jan 7, 2010, 3:35 AM
harrahs has bought planet hollywood

http://www.vegastripping.com/news/news.php?news_id=3083

There's no point complaining about it, or wishing that it's not gonna happen, Harrah's debt purchase of Planet Hollywood is a done deal.

In early September 2009, Harrah's began purchasing Planet Hollywood's debt. Forty-five days later, Harrah's filed application with Nevada Gaming Control to buy the joint. Harrah's CEO Gary Loveman sent this email message to Harrah's employees:

The Planet Hollywood resort is currently in default to its lenders. As a result of our purchase of their debt, we are working on a plan that also would allow Harrah's to own and manage the property. This is an attractive proposition because of Planet Hollywood's proximity to our other resorts on the Strip, its high-quality product offering and its strong brand name.

Within days, two high ranking executives brought in to manage the rebirth and repositioning of Planet Hollywood left to go fix the Tropicana. We expect even more defections as Harrah's looks for cost savings and redundancies.

Commenter David on Five Hundy's 5th Anniversary Show pointed out that Planet Hollywood is leaving Starwood Preferred Guest program (SPG).

Leaving Starwood on January 15, 2010 - The Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino, A Sheraton Resort will be leaving the Starwood system on January 15, 2010. Reservations for dates on or after January 15, 2010, will not be eligible for Starwood Preferred Guest membership benefits, award redemption or accrual." - SPG

Twitter user @josephthomas asked @phvegas about this directly earlier today:


Welcome to Planet Loveman.

Sources have told us that Planet Hollywood will enter Harrah's property pecking order right below Caesars Palace directly above Rio and Paris. The Planet Hollywood name will remain on the property and become part of Harrah's global branding strategy along with the Horseshoe, Caesars, Ballys, WSOP and Flamingo names.

Much like you, we're always sad when Harrah's gobbles up yet another property, particularly when it was starting to look like the opposite was about to come true.

Would it be stupid for us to hope that Harrah's acquisition goonsquad will take the time to glean lessons from Planet Hollywood's success? Stupid is as stupid does and here's a whole lotta stupid: people are attracted to Planet Hollywood because it provides a great return on the value proposition... from dining to drinks to dice, nearly all offerings at P.Ho are a square deal. The sharp, bright and exciting atmosphere attracts smarter, bargain aware. middle tier players and stayers who will more likely start the day with a Mimosa than a Metamucil. Being footloose does not preclude being financially irresponsible.

Perhaps the most important part of P-Ho's success - and the one that will most likely be lost on Harrah's bean counters - is the shocking reality that it became the magnet property for those who have grown weary of the Harrah's marketing algorithm. Total Rewards in their eyes is a perfect demonstration of how total information awareness can turn your psychology into a mathematical equation. Harrah's infotechnologists have effectively reduced your entirety to an array of values in a database from which a marionette of enticements can built and choreographed.

In the old days, dealers knew your name, what you drank, what you played. Today, it's like checkin' into an airport. And if you order room service, you're lucky if you get it by Thursday. Today, it's all gone. You get a whale show up with four million in a suitcase, and some twenty-five-year-old hotel school kid is gonna want his Social Security Number." - Ace Rothstein

Tropicana or bust?

Anybody notice that on the Planet Hollywood screens are showing advertisements for shows on MGM/Mirage properties. Just to bring that out so someone can explain this.

mac78130
Jan 7, 2010, 4:07 AM
Bradford’s starting the year off with a bang, building the first stainless steel tidal pool! Currently under construction at the Cosmopolitan Resort this 8,500 sq ft, zero entry pool will surely bring the beach to Vegas.

During the day the pool gradually slopes down to a 4’ 8” depth and recedes to 3’6” for the evening low tide. This 14” difference is created with 2 gutter systems and a holding tank that cycles water in and out. At low tide a 990 sq ft stage is revealed for nighttime entertainment.

Bradford is also working on the 1,073 sq ft Beach Deck Lap Pool and 486 sq ft Beach Deck Spa. As well as the Hotel Deck 5,197 sq ft pool with custom water features and 308 sq ft spa.

Expected to open in the fourth quarter of 2010, The Cosmopolitan Resort will definitely wow guests with their rooftop water oasis.


http://photos-c.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs216.snc3/22348_236062112267_104923672267_3041453_4620694_n.jpg
http://www.bradfordproductsblog.com/2010/01/bringing-beach-to-vegas.html (http://www.bradfordproductsblog.com/2010/01/bringing-beach-to-vegas.html)

ScottG
Jan 7, 2010, 7:44 PM
Anybody notice that on the Planet Hollywood screens are showing advertisements for shows on MGM/Mirage properties. Just to bring that out so someone can explain this.

what shows exactly? you may be mistaken for harrahs shows

Cozybop
Jan 7, 2010, 8:02 PM
what shows exactly? you may be mistaken for harrahs shows

I saw advertisements for Frank Caliendo's show at the Monte Carlo and probably some others too.

sask1982
Jan 7, 2010, 9:00 PM
Steel girders being installed.

flickr photo by shawnsplace (http://www.flickr.com/photos/shawnsplace/4242996956/)
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2723/4242996956_29dcd4bd14.jpg

flickr shawnsplace (http://www.flickr.com/photos/shawnsplace/4242974662/)
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4023/4242974662_8c854565c5_b.jpg

Did they lower those in by helicopter??

mac78130
Jan 8, 2010, 1:17 AM
Did they lower those in by helicopter??

The cable crane system was used to lower them in....

CHAPINM1
Jan 8, 2010, 1:37 AM
It will be exciting to see the final product for The Cosmo once and for all! It's been a long ride with several turbulant points throughout construction and it will be not only great to see it open, but how amazing, especially the beach, will be once the entire complex opens later on this year!

JSsocal
Jan 8, 2010, 7:04 AM
sorry, fixed it

Here's some citycenter shots I took a couple weeks ago...
More Here:
http://photobucket.com/JSsocal
http://i483.photobucket.com/albums/rr196/jerethangelfan/IMG_0020.jpg?t=1262989590

http://i483.photobucket.com/albums/rr196/jerethangelfan/IMG_0024.jpg?t=1262932732

http://i483.photobucket.com/albums/rr196/jerethangelfan/IMG_0027.jpg?t=1262932759

Walkway to Bellagio/CityCenter Tram
http://i483.photobucket.com/albums/rr196/jerethangelfan/IMG_0043.jpg?t=1262932805

Somebody dropped something...
http://i483.photobucket.com/albums/rr196/jerethangelfan/IMG_0041.jpg?t=1262989519

http://i483.photobucket.com/albums/rr196/jerethangelfan/IMG_0051.jpg?t=1262932934

http://i483.photobucket.com/albums/rr196/jerethangelfan/IMG_0056.jpg?t=1262932951

http://i483.photobucket.com/albums/rr196/jerethangelfan/IMG_0080.jpg?t=1262933071

http://i483.photobucket.com/albums/rr196/jerethangelfan/IMG_0097.jpg?t=1262933113

http://i483.photobucket.com/albums/rr196/jerethangelfan/IMG_0015.jpg?t=1262933212

http://i483.photobucket.com/albums/rr196/jerethangelfan/IMG_0114.jpg?t=1262933257
http://i483.photobucket.com/albums/rr196/jerethangelfan/IMG_0112.jpg?t=1262934132
http://i483.photobucket.com/albums/rr196/jerethangelfan/IMG_0049.jpg?t=1262933813
People like the fountain...
http://i483.photobucket.com/albums/rr196/jerethangelfan/IMG_0157.jpg?t=1262934196

http://i483.photobucket.com/albums/rr196/jerethangelfan/IMG_0127.jpg?t=1262933286
http://i483.photobucket.com/albums/rr196/jerethangelfan/IMG_0126.jpg?t=1262933305
Veer Lobby Art
http://i483.photobucket.com/albums/rr196/jerethangelfan/IMG_0132.jpg?t=1262933380
http://i483.photobucket.com/albums/rr196/jerethangelfan/IMG_0129.jpg?t=1262933405
http://i483.photobucket.com/albums/rr196/jerethangelfan/IMG_0159.jpg?t=1262933443
http://i483.photobucket.com/albums/rr196/jerethangelfan/IMG_0162.jpg?t=1262933466
http://i483.photobucket.com/albums/rr196/jerethangelfan/IMG_0167.jpg?t=1262933494
http://i483.photobucket.com/albums/rr196/jerethangelfan/IMG_0161.jpg?t=1262934238
http://i483.photobucket.com/albums/rr196/jerethangelfan/IMG_0185.jpg?t=1262933592
http://i483.photobucket.com/albums/rr196/jerethangelfan/IMG_0224.jpg?t=1262933653
http://i483.photobucket.com/albums/rr196/jerethangelfan/IMG_0234.jpg?t=1262933705

BrandonJXN
Jan 8, 2010, 6:08 PM
None of those pictures are showing.

mac78130
Jan 9, 2010, 1:12 AM
Thanks for the photos JSsocal :)

brandoncdg
Jan 9, 2010, 5:56 AM
Wow I really like those shots. I can't wait to finally see the nearly finished City Center in the next couple months. Did anyone else get reminded of the movie Hangover with something fell from the roof through the glass?

mdiederi
Jan 9, 2010, 4:09 PM
http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2010/jan/08/stratospheres-new-skyjump-fall-855-feet-100/

Stratosphere’s new SkyJump: Fall 855 feet for $100

By Steve Green

The Stratosphere, which already boasts several rides atop its tower, is planning on adding another attraction, the SkyJump.

The Stratosphere hotel-casino in Las Vegas today unveiled details about previously-reported plans to install a "SkyJump," allowing thrill-seekers to dive 855 feet off its tower while tethered to a metal cable.

Stratosphere said the attraction is expected to open in April and is currently priced at $100 per jump.

The Stratosphere’s three existing rides — Big Shot, X-Scream and Insanity, the Ride — cost $30 for an all-day pass.

SkyJump Las Vegas will become one of the top tourist attractions in North America and the experience is described as a "controlled freefall" similar to skydiving and base jumping in which riders will hit speeds up to 40 mph, the company said.

"This will not only be North America's only skyjump, but, also the highest skyjump in the world," said Frank Riolo, chief executive of Stratosphere owner American Casino & Entertainment Properties LLC.

Zach6668
Jan 9, 2010, 10:16 PM
ooooooooooooooooooooooh!

Wonder if I'll have the balls to try that.

Complex01
Jan 10, 2010, 11:56 PM
Nice pics. CC just looks so awesome. Cant wait to see it one day...

:tup:

mac78130
Jan 13, 2010, 4:06 AM
Officials: Third terminal at McCarran Airport half done

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2010/jan/12/officials-third-vegas-airport-terminal-half-done/

CHAPINM1
Jan 13, 2010, 4:11 AM
Thanks for the update mac78130! Great to hear about the progress of the new Terminal! I am even more excited when they finally begin construction on Ivanpah International Airport (IVP), however even though that may not be fore a while, here is a website you can follow that tracks news regarding IVP; www.ivanpahvalley.com (http://www.ivanpahvalley.com). Once at the site just click on the link "Ivanpah Valley Airport" link and there will be an archive for articles covering anything related to IVP's progress, construction and anything that may even be slightly related to IAH in the past, present and future.

mdiederi
Jan 13, 2010, 5:04 AM
Ivanpah International Airport (IAH)
Actually, the airport identification letters will be IVP.
http://www.snvairporteis.com/pdf/ivp_lands_transfer_act.pdf

CHAPINM1
Jan 13, 2010, 5:08 AM
Actually, the airport identification letters will be IVP.
http://www.snvairporteis.com/pdf/ivp_lands_transfer_act.pdf

Thanks for that correction. I didn't initially catch that. For some reason I had the IAH figure imbedded in my mind when regarding this particular airport. ;) I'll go back to my original post and make the change.

On an unrelated matter, great pictures of City Center JSsocal!

Krases
Jan 13, 2010, 5:14 AM
Thanks for the update mac78130! Great to hear about the progress of the new Terminal! I am even more excited when they finally begin construction on Ivanpah International Airport (IAH), however even though that may not be fore a while, here is a website you can follow that tracks news regarding IAH; www.ivanpahvalley.com (http://www.ivanpahvalley.com). Once at the site just click on the link "Ivanpah Valley Airport" link and there will be an archive for articles covering anything related to IAH's progress, construction and anything that may even be slightly related to IAH in the past, present and future.

If they ever do go ahead with IVP, the surrounding area really needs to be prevented from developing too much. Large airports that are well removed from nearby cities tend to have little satellite cities pop-up around them.

Instead I would say that if the high speed rail network goes through the IVP, no more stops would occur between Vegas and IVP to reduce the potential for satellite communities popping up. I would even go as far as to say extend the monorail out to the IVP.

It all depends if the IVP is going to be a small relief airport that only sees maybe 10 million passengers per year, then IVP will simply be linked to Vegas via the 15.

It's unlikely, but I always wondered how cool it would be if McCarren was outright replaced by the Ivanpah airport. No noise. Maybe fewer height limitations on buildings. Then again it might damage our ability to be a transportation center.

brandoncdg
Jan 13, 2010, 6:13 AM
I can't imagine jumping off of the Stratosphere. I wish they had put in that freefall ride too. Hopefully everyone who visits Vegas gets a chance to ride that claw ride, since you have an awesome view of the city.

CHAPINM1
Jan 13, 2010, 6:48 AM
If they ever do go ahead with IAH, the surrounding area really needs to be prevented from developing too much. Large airports that are well removed from nearby cities tend to have little satellite cities pop-up around them.

Instead I would say that if the high speed rail network goes through the IAH, no more stops would occur between Vegas and IAH to reduce the potential for satellite communities popping up. I would even go as far as to say extend the monorail out to the IAH.

It all depends if the IAH is going to be a small relief airport that only sees maybe 10 million passengers per year, then IAH will simply be linked to Vegas via the 15.

It's unlikely, but I always wondered how cool it would be if McCarren was outright replaced by the Ivanpah airport. No noise. Maybe fewer height limitations on buildings. Then again it might damage our ability to be a transportation center.

Ivanpah (IVP) IS A MUST! Not only will their be much needed relief of air traffic in and out of McCarran, but the runways at McCarran are not sufficient to accommodate all types of aircraft. There WILL inevitably need to be an airport that serves Las Vegas that will have runways that are feasible enough to accommodate the new A380 aircraft and we can guarantee that somewhere down the road that will be an issue.

I agree that there should be a train/tram service out to IVP. The city of Las Vegas needs to get their shit together and work on the continuous expansions of the monorail, with an extension to McCarran being first priority. Also, it is important as you say that no major development spurs up around IVP, because since IVP will be the priority concern and use of land, there will need to be room for future expansion of IVP when that may ever happen.

ScottG
Jan 13, 2010, 9:38 PM
check this out:

real thing or just someone having fun?


http://www.revitcity.com/gallery.php?action=view&gallery_id=11435

http://www.revitcity.com/gallery.php?action=view&gallery_id=11439

mac78130
Jan 13, 2010, 10:31 PM
check this out:

real thing or just someone having fun?


http://www.revitcity.com/gallery.php?action=view&gallery_id=11435

http://www.revitcity.com/gallery.php?action=view&gallery_id=11439


That's really cool :) Great Find!!!

Krases
Jan 14, 2010, 1:28 AM
Ivanpah (IVP) IS A MUST! Not only will their be much needed relief of air traffic in and out of McCarran, but the runways at McCarran are not sufficient to accommodate all types of aircraft. There WILL inevitably need to be an airport that serves Las Vegas that will have runways that are feasible enough to accommodate the new A380 aircraft and we can guarantee that somewhere down the road that will be an issue.

I agree that there should be a train/tram service out to IVP. The city of Las Vegas needs to get their shit together and work on the continuous expansions of the monorail, with an extension to McCarran being first priority. Also, it is important as you say that no major development spurs up around IVP, because since IVP will be the priority concern and use of land, there will need to be room for future expansion of IVP when that may ever happen.

I am honestly surprised that no money is being put into the monorail. The city needs to take it back and actually build it so it isn't set up for failure.

Edit: You know I was thinking about how the city could take it back. Maybe through a bankruptcy? MY WILL BE DONE (http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2010/jan/13/las-vegas-monorail-files-bankruptcy-protection/).

voice of reason
Jan 14, 2010, 5:16 AM
'I am surprised that nobody is putting money into the monorail'?

Thats absolutely the funniest thing I have ever seen written!

Its a money losing pit, thats why!
The monorail was built with a projected ridership of 20 million per year and actually averaged 7million. If someone takes it over, they are saddled with the debt that is unstainable and since every municapity, like every other government entity is flat broke, thats a great idea.

And here is a clue, the monorail is not even in the city of Las Vegas.

When are you guys going to wake up and realize that rail systems in the U.S. are failures and never pay their own way. Nobody wants to ride them, they only get ridden in yours and your dumb professors minds.

CHAPINM1
Jan 14, 2010, 9:15 AM
'I am surprised that nobody is putting money into the monorail'?

Thats absolutely the funniest thing I have ever seen written!

Its a money losing pit, thats why!
The monorail was built with a projected ridership of 20 million per year and actually averaged 7million. If someone takes it over, they are saddled with the debt that is unstainable and since every municapity, like every other government entity is flat broke, thats a great idea.

And here is a clue, the monorail is not even in the city of Las Vegas.

When are you guys going to wake up and realize that rail systems in the U.S. are failures and never pay their own way. Nobody wants to ride them, they only get ridden in yours and your dumb professors minds.

It may seem like a pretty flawed system and I am sure at this point that it is, however I'd be willing to bet that if they just finished that damn connection to McCarran ridership and dare I say money coming in would skyrocket! That would be an ideal scenario anyways... :rolleyes:

On an unrelated topic, it will be great to have the worlds highest base jump, another score for Vegas! Not only will people be able to do it right in the middle of Las Vegas from a whopping 855 foot drop, but just looking south toward Las Vegas's highest buildings such as the nearly completed Fontainebleau, which will be sticking right out at ya standing at least 730 feet, will give people an idea how high they really are and give them another reason to be freaked out/get that rush jumping that high up. :D

patrick84
Jan 14, 2010, 4:03 PM
'
When are you guys going to wake up and realize that rail systems in the U.S. are failures and never pay their own way. Nobody wants to ride them, they only get ridden in yours and your dumb professors minds.

Yeah, unless you live in places like, oh i don't know, DC, NYC, Chicago... cities that have obviously developed out of the industrial age. More modern cities like Vegas are going to have to figure something out in lieu of rising gas prices, energy costs, and the general negative feelings of commuting.

tumbleweed
Jan 14, 2010, 6:12 PM
It may seem like a pretty flawed system and I am sure at this point that it is, however I'd be willing to bet that if they just finished that damn connection to McCarran ridership and dare I say money coming in would skyrocket! That would be an ideal scenario anyways... :rolleyes:


but it wouldnt generate any additonal money overall, would just divert the money the cabbies make which is why the taxi/limo services would make it hard to do the monorail connection if someone got serious about it. Plus i am guessing it is not the type of system that moves fast enough to go longer distance to somewhere like IVP.

Krases
Jan 15, 2010, 1:03 AM
'I am surprised that nobody is putting money into the monorail'?

Thats absolutely the funniest thing I have ever seen written!

Its a money losing pit, thats why!
The monorail was built with a projected ridership of 20 million per year and actually averaged 7million. If someone takes it over, they are saddled with the debt that is unstainable and since every municapity, like every other government entity is flat broke, thats a great idea.

And here is a clue, the monorail is not even in the city of Las Vegas.

When are you guys going to wake up and realize that rail systems in the U.S. are failures and never pay their own way. Nobody wants to ride them, they only get ridden in yours and your dumb professors minds.


The monorail became a money losing pit because it was hacked off at the knees. Originally it was meant to go from the airport, all the way down the strip and eventually into the downtown area in three major phases. They really should have approached the federal government with a single phase plan instead of trying to break it up into these tiny pieces.

When it was released to private hands, the company that owned it raised the cost of a ticket from 3$ to 5$, which was stupid (http://www.reviewjournal.com/lvrj_home/2006/Jul-20-Thu-2006/photos/2monorail.jpg). This is why you don't let private companies run mass transit.

Also, please watch your tone.

glowrock
Jan 15, 2010, 1:29 AM
http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2010/jan/08/stratospheres-new-skyjump-fall-855-feet-100/

Stratosphere’s new SkyJump: Fall 855 feet for $100

I'd try it, no doubt about it!

Aaron (Glowrock)

glowrock
Jan 15, 2010, 1:32 AM
Officials: Third terminal at McCarran Airport half done

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2010/jan/12/officials-third-vegas-airport-terminal-half-done/

Damn, $2.4 billion for 14 gates? That's a hell of a lot of money, even given a new parking structure and the like!

Aaron (Glowrock)

glowrock
Jan 15, 2010, 1:33 AM
When are you guys going to wake up and realize that rail systems in the U.S. are failures and never pay their own way. Nobody wants to ride them, they only get ridden in yours and your dumb professors minds.

That is, bar none, one of the most incessantly stupid posts EVER on SSP!

Aaron (Glowrock)

SPLENDALOVER
Jan 15, 2010, 2:28 AM
Great photographs! Thank you for sharing!

CHAPINM1
Jan 15, 2010, 3:03 AM
but it wouldnt generate any additonal money overall, would just divert the money the cabbies make which is why the taxi/limo services would make it hard to do the monorail connection if someone got serious about it. Plus i am guessing it is not the type of system that moves fast enough to go longer distance to somewhere like IVP.

Screw the damn taxi/limo services, I pay them in pennies and not give them a cent more than I owe and detest them anyway especially for thinking that everybody is made of money of which whom they serve. :hell: If people would much rather travel in a more cost effective manner, than there should be that option for them. All the damn taxies and limos do is create terrible traffic congestion which contributes probably some of the worst around Las Vegas. May sound harsh, but I'd be lying if I said any different.

Plus, even when the monorail is to extend out to McCarren, I think the taxi and limo services will fare just fine. The level of tourism in Las Vegas is slowely but surely on the rebound once again and will continue to rise as time goes on. Congestion will be come a major issue also as time goes on for that area.

case_architect
Jan 15, 2010, 6:59 PM
moving forward? (http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2010/jan/14/analyst-caesars-palace-moving-forward-stalled-towe/)

ScottG
Jan 15, 2010, 7:52 PM
The RJ must be hurting for news if they are resorting to announcing rumors.

coyotetrickster
Jan 17, 2010, 5:54 AM
'I am surprised that nobody is putting money into the monorail'?

Thats absolutely the funniest thing I have ever seen written!

Its a money losing pit, thats why!
The monorail was built with a projected ridership of 20 million per year and actually averaged 7million. If someone takes it over, they are saddled with the debt that is unstainable and since every municapity, like every other government entity is flat broke, thats a great idea.

And here is a clue, the monorail is not even in the city of Las Vegas.

When are you guys going to wake up and realize that rail systems in the U.S. are failures and never pay their own way. Nobody wants to ride them, they only get ridden in yours and your dumb professors minds.

Actually, in real cities, like London, New York, San Francisco, Paris, Chicago, Boston, rail lines are used, and used frequently. Unfortunately, in car-infested, sun-belt cities like las vegas, the cost of car ownership is much lower and folks opt for cars. Rail will never work in Vegas since it's economic base is tourism and the 'industries, e.g. hotels/casinos' have vested interests in maximizing guest immobility (keep em in YOUR casino).

FlyBono24
Jan 18, 2010, 12:35 AM
The Crystals mall is very nice outside, the inside is nice but way too barren... even when they get all the stores in, there is still a lot of wasted floor space. Most malls have kiosks in this space, but I can't see any "kiosk" business that they could put in a mall with stores like Tiffany, Louis Vuitton, etc.

That's another thing. Do we really need another place in Vegas where it's "look but don't touch"? A very small percentage of people in the world can afford to shop at these places.

solarquestion
Jan 18, 2010, 5:13 AM
In particular, the man who runs Crystals said that they aren't going to do kiosks. He said that Planet Hollywood does kiosks and they have the same square footage, but that that isn't for Crystals.

Part of the appeal of Crystals is that it has a wide open belly and in a place like CityCenter, it is nice to have some space to breathe a little. I don't think it'd kill them to have some benches every once in a while, but I like the unobstructed view of everything.

I personally don't shop in any place that exists inside Crystals except for Hermes, but the people that do really spend a lot of money. Enough money that not having everyone be able to shop in their is still very profitable for those stores. A perfect example being the manager of Louis Vuitton telling me that within four days they had made over a million dollars. These places don't have to sell very much to break even. In peak times, their sales are off the charts. That much you can count on.

pdxtraveler
Jan 18, 2010, 4:34 PM
Actually, in real cities, like London, New York, San Francisco, Paris, Chicago, Boston, rail lines are used, and used frequently. Unfortunately, in car-infested, sun-belt cities like las vegas, the cost of car ownership is much lower and folks opt for cars. Rail will never work in Vegas since it's economic base is tourism and the 'industries, e.g. hotels/casinos' have vested interests in maximizing guest immobility (keep em in YOUR casino).

I disagree. I think tourist would love to use rail or monorail in Las Vegas if it, as was noted in earlier posts, hit the airport and went on to downtown. Right now it is just to limited, kind of set to fail.

jamesinclair
Jan 19, 2010, 10:34 PM
Looks like Im heading to Las Vegas next week.

I was doing some research on getting from the strip to downtown. But the public transit website SUCKS.

The website says that "in late January" the Deuce bus will not go downtown anymore, but a new ACE service will. But it looks like this information was posted in OCTOBER.

So whats the latest update. When I get to vegas next week, should I be looking for the deuce or Ace? Im going to be in town from january 25 to 28.

Also, looks like theyre planning 4 BRT routes....why isnt there a thread about them in the transportation forum?

CHAPINM1
Jan 19, 2010, 11:05 PM
Looks like Im heading to Las Vegas next week.

I was doing some research on getting from the strip to downtown. But the public transit website SUCKS.

The website says that "in late January" the Deuce bus will not go downtown anymore, but a new ACE service will. But it looks like this information was posted in OCTOBER.

So whats the latest update. When I get to vegas next week, should I be looking for the deuce or Ace? Im going to be in town from january 25 to 28.

Also, looks like theyre planning 4 BRT routes....why isnt there a thread about them in the transportation forum?

I'll change that. Now that every component of Project City Center is done with the exception of the Harmon, what are the other projects that are underway? I know there are still a good handful, but I am just a waitin for the Font to finally get back underway for God sake!!!

mdiederi
Jan 20, 2010, 3:26 AM
http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2010/jan/19/carl-icahn-take-ownership-fontainebleau-las-vegas-/

Carl Icahn to take ownership of Fontainebleau Las Vegas resort

Carl Icahn is expected to take over ownership of the bankrupt Fontainebleau Las Vegas resort after two potential competitors vying to buy the property failed to submit qualifying bids as of a 5 p.m. deadline Friday.
...

CHAPINM1
Jan 20, 2010, 5:02 AM
Well about time I heard something about the Fontainebleau development! Hopefully they can get the ball rolling on moving foward with construction! With most of City Center complete, the new buyer of the Fontainebleau development should hopefully get a decent bid from a decent firm.

jazfingr
Jan 20, 2010, 8:36 AM
The dude that did those Encore expansion renderings took them off the Revit site (probably by Wynns request) did anyone here capture those? If so please send them to me at markadams@vegastat.com thanks much

CHAPINM1
Jan 24, 2010, 8:33 AM
Just read in an article yesterday in the Las Vegas Sun that Carl Icahn, the dude that bought Fontainebleau, has just obtained gaming licences for three different properties including Fontainebleau. :) Hopefully this means that things get back on track with this one soon! It has been a long wait so far...

mdiederi
Jan 24, 2010, 3:18 PM
Just read in an article yesterday in the Las Vegas Sun that Carl Icahn, the dude that bought Fontainebleau, has just obtained gaming licences for three different properties including Fontainebleau. :) Hopefully this means that things get back on track with this one soon! It has been a long wait so far...
No. The three licenses are for the Tropicana Express and River Palms casinos in Laughlin, and the MontBleu in Stateline. No gaming license for the Font yet. They don't issue gaming licenses for buildings that aren't built yet, though it does have gaming entitlements.

lfc4life
Jan 25, 2010, 7:43 PM
photos of the trops $125m facelift in todays sun http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2010/jan/25/photos-tropicana-las-vegas-sees-125-million-faceli/

ScottG
Jan 25, 2010, 10:51 PM
modern, yet comfortable - i like it^^^^^

CHAPINM1
Jan 26, 2010, 1:53 AM
photos of the trops $125m facelift in todays sun http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2010/jan/25/photos-tropicana-las-vegas-sees-125-million-faceli/

Good, now that City Center is for the most part complete and the construction of both Echelon and Fontainebleau being on hold, this will keep the construction crews busy and employed at least somewhat. Also, it's good to hear that one of Vegas's oldest hotel and casinos is getting rejuvenated... :)

Also, those interior shots are looking sharp. :cool:

Krases
Jan 27, 2010, 4:44 AM
Has anyone seen any/taken any new images on the Hoover Dam Bypass bridge?

leftopolis
Jan 27, 2010, 11:06 AM
^
These are from last month--Dec. '09--the freshest I could find! There are more pics at the link along with high-res-super-giant versions. It sounds like they're roughly at the point of installing the giant steel which will support the concrete roadway: http://www.hooverdambypass.org/whats_new.htm
...Spandrel columns on the arch were completed in December 2009. These columns will now support the superstructure of the bridge. Remaining work includes placement of the steel tub girders sequential construction of the cast in place concrete deck, pedestrian and barrier rails...
Pics posted are from:
http://www.hooverdambypass.org/Const_PhotoAlbum.htm#Dec2009_Bridge
http://www.hooverdambypass.org/ConstructionPhotos/ColoradoRiverBridge(12_2009)/C-FHWA-003-1752_lowrez.jpg

http://www.hooverdambypass.org/ConstructionPhotos/ColoradoRiverBridge(12_2009)/C-FHWA-003-1734_lowrez.jpg

http://www.hooverdambypass.org/ConstructionPhotos/ColoradoRiverBridge(12_2009)/C-FHWA-003-1738_lowrez.jpg
On the Nevada approach deck, steel girders are staged with steel safety lines attached along the top of the upper flange. These girders, weighing upwards of 50 tons will be transported by the highline crane and placed to span between the spandrel pier caps, on top of which, the concrete roadway deck will be constructed.

Oh yeah, web cam here too, btw: http://www.hooverdambypass.org/

mac78130
Jan 27, 2010, 4:05 PM
Fontainebleau

Icahn expected to get approval from bankruptcy court..
http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2010/jan/27/carl-icahn-could-get-ok-fontainebleau-hearing/

mac78130
Jan 27, 2010, 4:10 PM
Has anyone seen any/taken any new images on the Hoover Dam Bypass bridge?

Taken on Jan. 24
flickr photo by todkat03 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/todkat/4308087314/)

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4013/4308087314_6b19993467_b.jpg

mac78130
Jan 28, 2010, 7:37 PM
Nevada left off funding list for high-speed rail projects

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2010/jan/28/nevada-left-funding-list-high-speed-rail-projects/

leftopolis
Jan 29, 2010, 1:33 AM
Nevada left off funding list for high-speed rail projects

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2010/jan/28/nevada-left-funding-list-high-speed-rail-projects/

Gibbons sounds like a douche...and btw, I'm no big fan of Reid or Obama. Nevada already has a few hundered yards of mavlev. That's the reality. There's also the fact that when you're slicing up only $8B--it's naturally going to go to more populous areas. That's how it works with HSR.

That's actually my big gripe with Obama and Reid--the $8B. China just announced $300B for HSR. They're in a quandry though. The only place the money could come from is the massively bloated Pentagon budget--the US spends more on "defense" than the rest of the world combined. Is Gibbons on board to get some transportation funds that way? Doubt it...not that Obama or Ried have even suggested it. It's kinda hard to spend all your money on eternal wars and bases in 160 countries--and expect more than bread crumbs for public transportation.

Gov. Jim Gibbons blamed Reid and President Barack Obama for Nevada’s lack of funding for the maglev project.

“Nevada already has a high-speed magnetic levitation train plan in place,” Gibbons said in the statement. “It is disgusting and disgraceful that Reid and Obama ignored our efforts.”

Krases
Jan 29, 2010, 2:07 AM
The main problem is that Maglev would have a hard time linking into California's more conventional system. Plus the Maglev is three times the cost and a new sort of anything will always have price overruns.

Maglev is cool and all, but if the rest of the country is doing rail HSR, we need to take maximum advantage of that.

neworleans
Feb 1, 2010, 8:21 AM
Saw this near the Mandalay Bay last month but forgot to mention it. If it hasn't been mentioned yet here it is

http://www.lasvegassun.com/photos/galleries/2009/oct/09/cloud-nine/

http://www.vegas.com/attractions/on_the_strip/cloudnine.html

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4056/4321114769_1b5eec87e8_o.jpg

mac78130
Feb 1, 2010, 8:48 PM
flick photo by travelingtrio (http://www.flickr.com/photos/47119281@N03/4320499170/)

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2679/4320499170_de2728461e_b.jpg