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Old Posted Jul 19, 2006, 12:34 AM
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its monsoon season!!!

last night we were hit with rain wind and lots and LOTS of lighting!

the photo above is from klastv.com

they posted a picture of the strip (photographed what looks like to be the distant north east area by the speedway). the strat is bein hit by a large bolt of lightning

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Old Posted Jul 19, 2006, 12:34 AM
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Looks like "W" just came out with a customer resource center with renderings, floor plans, PDF brochures, etc. Check it out!

www.edgeresorts.com/custrescenter/index.htm
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Old Posted Jul 19, 2006, 1:18 AM
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Looks like "W" just came out with a customer resource center with renderings, floor plans, PDF brochures, etc. Check it out!

www.edgeresorts.com/custrescenter/index.htm
Trying not to get too excited about this one. I'm snakebitten in that my favorite designs are going belly-up, 888 being the latest.

And the same phenomenon is happening in Miami, albeit to a lesser degree.
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Old Posted Jul 19, 2006, 2:04 AM
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Some projects are going to be cancelled, that is how it's always been, and how it will continue to be in the future. It's not a phenomenon; it is a given in any skyscraper/high-rise boom.
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Old Posted Jul 19, 2006, 2:30 AM
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Some projects are going to be cancelled, that is how it's always been, and how it will continue to be in the future. It's not a phenomenon; it is a given in any skyscraper/high-rise boom.
Granted, the cancellations. It just so happens that a disproportionate percentage of the cancellations in two of my cities of interest (Miami, Vegas) have been what I consider to be the most distinctive designs.
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Old Posted Jul 19, 2006, 3:00 AM
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Lots of new stuff on the W - REALLY NICE!


]i like how they did rendering of each existing building on the strip - makes the W rendering blend in well.....

but what is that building next to fairfeild???????
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Old Posted Jul 19, 2006, 6:56 AM
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^Fairfield! Thats where I stay with my family when we go to Las Vegas.

But I think that wierd looking building is supposed to be the MGM Residents

and I think those are just enhanced pictures not renderings..
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Old Posted Jul 19, 2006, 2:49 PM
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The W is still working through some design issues, but they are certainly giving every indication of moving forward. They started unit selection last week and plan on converting those to contracts in four to six weeks for the condominium tower.
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Old Posted Jul 20, 2006, 4:18 AM
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Vegas888 was a cool design. In my opinion, the location was questionable for the prices they were trying to get. Although across from the Rio and next to Palms is not bad, I am not sure there are that many who are interested in $1 million plus condos that arent associated with either a location right on the Strip, connected to a hotel/resort, or at least with some brand name (e.g, Trump, Turnberry, etc.). I think the location would have worked better with something less ambitious like a Platinum or Metropolis condo.
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Old Posted Jul 20, 2006, 6:43 AM
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Even with the bad news about Vegas 888, I discovered two new higrises now under construction

One Las Vegas Tower two is already on floor two with its own crane.

A new tower is under construction at the Grandview Towers Site. (it's located directly south of the Southcoast Hotel.)

Here's some photos.

Well I take it back with my "Gold bar" statement, it'll still look like a giant gold bar, but notice the white lines between each floor, I don't think that was in the renderings. Is it temporary?



While on Trump might as well add this major observation about Trump's tower placement. I've always wondered why he would choose to put his tower in the back of the Frontier site. I thought well Ruffin's agreement allowed him to do so in order for the Montruex to be built in front. BUT.... Take a look at this google earth rendering. See it? yea, we all know the strip curves at aroudn the T.I., so going up the southern part of the strip, the T.I. always seemed to be in the middle of the street directly north. I did not notice anything different until trump's tower got tall enough to grow tall enough behind the T.I. to see that the Donald's Tower of Bling will be what people see looming in the middle going up the strip. He'll add a 2nd tower to double the effect.



Allure Las vegas, a nice angle here...



Panorama Towers, Building 2... Is it just me or it it taking months of top this thing off? Tower One's crane is gone btw. At night, the tower's red aircraft warning lights now turn on. They blink on and off every second or so, kinda cool. Most hotels have their lights on all the time.



lastly, I will reserve my personal comments for this building...



BTW Scott, I personally love monsoon season, something interesting for Vegas's weather besides constant sunshine and heat Plus lightning is so cool to watch. Just remeber to respect the power and fury of nature.

See this page for other people's photos on the recent storms. The Frenchman Mountain one with the twin bolts is just stunning....
http://www.klastv.com/Global/link.asp?L=199245

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Old Posted Jul 20, 2006, 7:59 AM
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WOW! Trump has grown fast!! It looks great!! and yes those white lines where in the rendering.

Ugh dont get me started with Aladdin, NOT Planet Hollywood.
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Old Posted Jul 20, 2006, 3:09 PM
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ive noticed that th epaint job on aladdin has stopped. right in the middle see how there is brown and tan still there.....maybe the owners came to take a look and they vomitted everywhere so they might be reconsidering the look?! keep your fingers crossed....but dont hold your breath....
i just cant image how the 'unvealing' will go...in a commercial they will announce planet hollywood is now center strip, they show the renovation completed, and everyone regards it as aladdin....maybe during a cloudy day when everything looks blue....

maybe the front will save it. the desert passage/ casino entrance might make it better, but the tower isnt anything to write home about- even when it was the aladdin.
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Old Posted Jul 21, 2006, 3:53 AM
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I think it may be a lot better if they paint Aladdin all black and turn it into a Vampire Lair.
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Looking closely at the Aladdin, I actually kind of like the window pattern. The old Aladdin scheme with its wacky jewels never looked quite right. But, with just the off-white paint and even the blue pinstripes, it looks kind of nice--not modern but not tacky either. The problem is the ridiculous all blue on the lower half and now that other color on the top 2 floors (what color is that? Army green?). Oh well, if not for the Aladdin, what else could we make fun of?
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Old Posted Jul 21, 2006, 6:50 AM
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Why, it would have to be the Excalibur Hotel. Just who decided to put a pseudo medieval hotel casino is beyond me. Did someone have an irresistible urge to copy (poorly at that even) the Disneyland castle?The Excalibur was an embarrassing mistake that will hopefully never be repeated. It is the epitome of 90's era tacky Vegas and created Disneylandish stereotypes of the city and only now have begun to be eroded by the new slogans and ads. Not a day goes by that I don't have thoughts about them imploding that thing from existance and memory itself.
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Old Posted Jul 22, 2006, 2:45 AM
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it will be a good day when they finally blow up the Excalibur.
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Old Posted Jul 22, 2006, 8:19 PM
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I think the Excalibur is a classic, its easily reconised in Vegas. It might look tacky but a lot of hotels in Las Vegas are, look at New York New York.
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Yeah, I find the design of NY NY, nextdoor, worst than that of Excalibur, to tell you the truth. And, I find the casinos of the north Strip far more drably tacky than anything on the newer south Strip.
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Old Posted Jul 23, 2006, 5:01 AM
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all the theme hotels on the south strip are pretty tacky. NY, Excalibur, Luxor, Paris. thank Steve Wynn for going away from theme hotels and starting a trend that the others have followed.
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Old Posted Jul 23, 2006, 6:59 AM
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I'm not yet convinced that the new "gold glass towers" (save for the Wynn) are any less tacky. lol
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