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Old Posted Nov 16, 2007, 3:23 AM
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I have wondered about the porn-slappers too.


I believe they allow them to stay. Why? .
five or so years ago several hotels took the porn slappers to court to try to get them to stop handing that crap out infron of their properties,,,,it took about a week or so for the court to make a decision, and it was ruled that it is considered 'free speech' therefor they are allowed...but what i do not understand it that they are not allowed to be infront of certain properties (for instance any previous or current steve wynn property - he NEVER allowed them on his properties) maybe they can pay the county...i dunno...

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Maybe Vegas needs to bring back a little of the Mafia unwritten rules to clean up the place.

Anyone actually think that the mob ever really walked away from Vegas?
the mafia never necessarily left....they run the dump / trash colections....

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Old Posted Nov 16, 2007, 3:49 AM
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Porn-slappers are not allowed in front of properties that "own" the sidewalk.
That is one of the reasons all of Wynn's hotels have always built "special" sidewalks. (Mirage - has the Volcano, TI- has the pirate battle, and so on...)
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Old Posted Nov 16, 2007, 4:15 AM
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I've got to believe that if MGM/Harrah's politely asked INS to do a round-up or two for illegal aliens then that would put an end to porn slappers quickly. It just seems illogical that this would be going on unless MGM/Harrah's somehow condoned it. I have a hard time imagining that the richest guys in the world are against it and the porn-slapping, minimum-wage, illegal guys are able to thrwart their will. Maybe but I'm not buying it.
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Old Posted Nov 16, 2007, 4:29 AM
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http://www.inbusinesslasvegas.com/20.../feature2.html
Some news on another Station casino to be built in the suburbs.
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Old Posted Nov 16, 2007, 5:16 AM
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What is the history of City Center? What was it before it was to be this great place in your city and are there any pics of what it used to be? Also, who were the driving forces behind it and what difficulties did they face in getting it underway? I’m doing a report on Vegas for one of my classes and I need more information on this development. The more I learn about it the more excited I get about returning to Vegas for a weekend. Thanks.
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What is the history of City Center? What was it before it was to be this great place in your city and are there any pics of what it used to be? Also, who were the driving forces behind it and what difficulties did they face in getting it underway? I’m doing a report on Vegas for one of my classes and I need more information on this development. The more I learn about it the more excited I get about returning to Vegas for a weekend. Thanks.
I assume you are speaking of MGM city center currently under construction??

if so, the majority of the property stands on what is formerly the dunes golfcourse. This is a shot from early 1990


source:www.vegas-online.de

The only major casino/hotel on the site stood on the south corner near Monte Carlo and was called the Boardwalk. Photo taken in 2001


source:http://www.chuckhawks.com

you can read about the boardwalk here, the hotel was imploded in May of 2006 http://www.lvstriphistory.com/ie/board1.htm

The difficulties MGM faced were actually acquiring all the land, but once that was achieved, the financial backing was secure, the architects had been put in the place and the county/FAA were happy with the size/height of the project it was time to start.
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Old Posted Nov 16, 2007, 7:03 PM
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The Smith Center

Some renderings of "The Smith Center for the performing arts" have finally arrived!

Enjoy-





Nice!!!

You can see some more here:

http://www.lvpacfoundation.org/design.php
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Old Posted Nov 16, 2007, 7:27 PM
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Some renderings of "The Smith Center for the performing arts" have finally arrived!

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Nice!!!

You can see some more here:

http://www.lvpacfoundation.org/design.php
Looks great.

As the architect said, they wanted to give each building they design a unique look reflecting that of the city it is in. So he encountered some difficulty when looking at a city that has so many copies of buildings from other cities in the hotels themes. After thinking about it, he decided to model it after one ofthe most unique and famous structures we have which is the Art-Deco design of the Hoover Dam. And so we have it.
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Old Posted Nov 16, 2007, 9:48 PM
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What is the history of City Center? What was it before it was to be this great place in your city and are there any pics of what it used to be? Also, who were the driving forces behind it and what difficulties did they face in getting it underway? I’m doing a report on Vegas for one of my classes and I need more information on this development. The more I learn about it the more excited I get about returning to Vegas for a weekend. Thanks.
I really shouldn't be doing your homework for you--but here's an interesting read:

http://www.inbusinesslasvegas.com/20...05/quanda.html

Here's a very brief excerpt from the above link:

Tell us about how you conceived Project CityCenter and how your concept has evolved. Give us an update on progress there.

I was going back to the dark ages in college, I was in urban studies and an art history major and I've always been fascinated with the evolution of cities, why some cities succeed and others fail, why cities are located where they currently are, and what are the common elements to vibrant cities? What elements need to be resident for a city to be considered an exciting cosmopolitan place? I've always wondered at Las Vegas as a community...
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Old Posted Nov 16, 2007, 10:19 PM
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I heard that the Marriot Convention Center is to be 670 feet which will make it taller than the ones in Atlanta and NYC.

Also, any word on the construction schedule for the World Jewelry Center???
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I heard that the Marriot Convention Center is to be 670 feet which will make it taller than the ones in Atlanta and NYC.

Also, any word on the construction schedule for the World Jewelry Center???
WJC ground breaking is currently planned for Spring 2008, and the project is planned for completion by year-end 2010.
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Old Posted Nov 17, 2007, 6:42 AM
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WJC ground breaking is currently planned for Spring 2008, and the project is planned for completion by year-end 2010.
Thanks for that information, that means that they should be starting site prep before long. Does anyone have any current pictures of the site? Thanks in advace!

Also forgot to mention that the Marriot Convention Center will be exactly as tall as the failed Montraux Las Vegas project which was to also be 670 feet...
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Old Posted Nov 17, 2007, 10:28 PM
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I have wondered about the porn-slappers too.

I suspect that the Vegas players (MGM & Harrah's) could have these guys off the strip in 24 hours if they wanted to. Let's face it, most of these guys are probably illegal and would go away immediately if told to. MGM & Harrah's have all the power within Clark County.

I believe they allow them to stay. Why? To keep the familes/kids out of town. Adults can deal with porn-slappers. But they have a harder time dealing with families/strollers on the strip. It creates a weird/uncomfortable feeling for those gamblers who want to get away from it all.

The slappers deter families from visiting. It is the most effective way of telling families 'you are not welcome'.
Actually, the pornslappers are out there thanks to the US Constitution. Several times laws have been passed to eliminate these guys and every time the law is struck down by courts. As long as the pornslappers stay on public sidewalks and their flyers are not truly pornographic (strategically placed shapes covering up the good parts) then they are covered by free speech laws. Theoretically, they have a right to do that in any US city. But, ironically, in cities like San Francisco, cops look the other way when prostitutes are wandering the streets. In Vegas, streetwalkers are pretty rare. So, you have a somewhat unique compromise in that the city and county have basically given up on trying to get rid of the pornslappers and focus on keeping prostitutes out of the public eye.

Oh, and if the pornslappers were ineffective, they'd be gone a second.
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Old Posted Nov 17, 2007, 10:32 PM
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Actually, the pornslappers are out there thanks to the US Constitution. Several times laws have been passed to eliminate these guys and every time the law is struck down by courts. As long as the pornslappers stay on public sidewalks and their flyers are not truly pornographic (strategically placed shapes covering up the good parts) then they are covered by free speech laws. Theoretically, they have a right to do that in any US city. But, ironically, in cities like San Francisco, cops look the other way when prostitutes are wandering the streets. In Vegas, streetwalkers are pretty rare. So, you have a somewhat unique compromise in that the city and county have basically given up on trying to get rid of the pornslappers and focus on keeping prostitutes out of the public eye.

Oh, and if the pornslappers were ineffective, they'd be gone a second.
What does any of this crap have to do with Las Vegas construction and development? Where are the moderators when you need them?
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Old Posted Nov 18, 2007, 2:20 AM
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The Smith Center

The Smith Center looks too good to be true. I can't wait.

As for the porn slappers, they never bothered me. I'd always laugh at the tourists when they would brush aside the porn with feigned outrage. Maybe, It's never been an issue for me because I grew up in Vegas.

Has anyone heard any news about stanhai lately?
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Old Posted Nov 18, 2007, 3:19 AM
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The Smith Center, the Alzheimer's center, and the World Jewelry Center are all going to be amazing additions to the whole Union Park area!!!

It's great to hear about the WJC groundbreaking in Spring of 08!!!
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Old Posted Nov 18, 2007, 8:31 AM
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does anyone got the "inside" picture of Trump Towers, and does any one know if the tower ii will ever get built?
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Old Posted Nov 18, 2007, 8:48 AM
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Sky Suite B

Thought everyone would like to see the view from as well as look inside Sky Suite B, a 3 story penthouse at Sky Las Vegas.

I took the two below pictures the night after Frontier implosion







Video of floor 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W20Hr5MGE1U

Video of floor 2

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

Video of floor 3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MavvAPudN8E

Video from upper terrace

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuCRFiVl8_4


Disclaimer:This property is listed by Luxury Realty Group
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Old Posted Nov 18, 2007, 9:32 AM
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^^^^crazt how wynn completely bvlocks half the strip! sky has only the north strip to look at...which will be great.....eventually

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Actually, the pornslappers are out there thanks to the US Constitution. Several times laws have been passed to eliminate these guys and every time the law is struck down by courts. As long as the pornslappers stay on public sidewalks and their flyers are not truly pornographic (strategically placed shapes covering up the good parts) then they are covered by free speech laws. Theoretically, they have a right to do that in any US city. But, ironically, in cities like San Francisco, cops look the other way when prostitutes are wandering the streets. In Vegas, streetwalkers are pretty rare. So, you have a somewhat unique compromise in that the city and county have basically given up on trying to get rid of the pornslappers and focus on keeping prostitutes out of the public eye.

Oh, and if the pornslappers were ineffective, they'd be gone a second.
you should read posts before you respond to one....i explained the free speech verdict - we dont need any echos or a lengthy explaination of something where the point was are made clear before
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Old Posted Nov 18, 2007, 10:03 AM
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i just home from the new turnberry's town square. AWSOME! half the stuff is not open yet but its extremely similiar to 'the grove' in hollywood if anyone is familiar with it.......basically its like the district at green valley ranch but 10 times larger - stores people actually shop at and multiple streets - very nice! more for locals than tourist......GO!

(THE WHOLE THING WILL BE OPEN IN JANUARY)
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