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Old 06-27-2010, 12:38 AM
 
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Everything I think of vegas I think of the las vegas strip and desolate desert. I imagine people from Las Vegas must be pretty well off then huh?
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Old 06-27-2010, 12:45 AM
 
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No. I am poor, and I encounter poor people all the time. With an unemployment rate of 14.1% I do not know how you would come to this conclusion.
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Old 06-27-2010, 01:54 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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There are the retired and some wealthy people but for the most part, it's middle class. And that may be stretching it a bit. Most of the jobs here are service/tourist industry related, and that means low pay and few benefits.
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Old 06-27-2010, 01:58 AM
 
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Exclamation What a Joke...If you don't know


YouTube - Las Vegas Gangs :not our kids! Part 1


YouTube - Gangland - Sin City Las Vegas 1 of 5
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Old 06-27-2010, 02:03 AM
 
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Everything I think of vegas I think of the las vegas strip and desolate desert. I imagine people from Las Vegas must be pretty well off then huh?
ROTFLMAO! YOU have got to be kidding! Most of the people I know are struggling trying to make it just like most of the country, except it's worse here. Employment is stagnant if you're even working at all!

Well off? I suppose there might be some folks here that are 'well off', but I would probably consider them MAYBE 5% of the population.

Thanks for the laugh! LOL
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Old 06-27-2010, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Orlando, Florida
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Everything I think of vegas I think of the las vegas strip and desolate desert. I imagine people from Las Vegas must be pretty well off then huh?
Nope. There's so much more to Las Vegas than empty desert and the Strip

Let's say I own a home in Summerlin and drive a Mercedes. That doesnt mean I am well off. I could be drowning in debt for all you know. A big house and a nice car doesnt mean somebody is well off
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Old 06-27-2010, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Orlando, Florida
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This video was very interesting. I went on youtube to watch the other 4 of this set
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Old 06-27-2010, 11:51 AM
 
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This video was very interesting. I went on youtube to watch the other 4 of this set
I was completely blind sided by this info I am considering a move to Las Vegas and had no idea about the 10,000 member gang problem. It was interesting to watch and while I kept an open mind about it by not stereotyping or pointing fingers I was horrified that our nations cities have this problem but what is even more sad is that the Las Vegas Gang Task Force has depleted Federal Funding to keep them going and they are actually asking for private donors to donate funding because this problem is only going to get worse.

Then I got to thinking if there is no federal funding to address gang problems and hate groups in the USA, thanks to the deficit, what then becomes of homeland security? If the USA cannot address problems of urban terrorism and get these kids off the streets terrorizing citizens and committing cold blooded murder on a daily basis what hope do we have to stop terrorists from abroad?

By the way "Gangland" is a series on cable and profiles many gangs in many cities across the USA I also watched the one on Gangland New Orleans on YouTube you might want to watch that one too.
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Old 06-27-2010, 12:28 PM
 
Location: north of Windsor, ON
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I just got back from ten days in Las Vegas. I spent comparatively little time on the Strip, and spent a lot in the NW suburbs and some in the other areas. I spent most of my time in areas where I didn't see another rental car for miles, places as diverse as Aliante, Boulder City, Lake Mead and "D," and Charleston and Nellis.
There are well-off areas (relatively plebian areas of Summerlin, Anthem, Aliante, other master plans, some of those big older houses east of the strip, and some older areas in the NW and SW where the houses are on half-acre lots).
There are very well-off areas (much of the aforementioned master plans, some high-rises near the strip, some old custom houses west of the Stratosphere and north of the Palace Station, some east of the strip, a lot of Boulder City).
There are areas that are perfectly middle class (much of the metro area, Green Valley, Spring Valley, anything along US95 between the go-kart track and Centennial Hills).
There's also a lot of areas that look tired (the Boulevard Mall and Meadows Mall areas, old Henderson) and there areas that are considered bad to everyone but a Detroiter (West Bonanza Road, Nellis Blvd, Naked City west of the Stratosphere...as seen on Cops).
However, I don't think Vegas is truly well-off. Pretty much anyone who bought a house in the last ten years has low to no equity in his house, and the vast majority of the luxury cars I saw were pre-2008, meaning it was easier to get a loan or a lease on it. There may be a lot of people trading down in the next year or two. I've seen this where I am in SE MI.
Also adding to my "not so well-off" vote is the prevalence of three things:

There is a Wal*Mart or a Wal*Mart-owned Neighborhood Market supermarket every couple of miles, even in very good areas. Grocery shopping seems very price-sensitive in Vegas, with the Wal*Marts, Food 4 Less, Fresh and Easy, and all the ethnic places advertising cheap perishables.

Also, there is a pawn shop, payday loan, and/or auto title loan office in all but the absolute best of areas. They take up something like 30 pages in the phone book. There's got to be more of these than there are casinos.

Third, used tire shops are very easy to find, and their prices seemed high to me, indicating there is demand for used tires.
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Old 06-27-2010, 12:59 PM
 
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Nope. There's so much more to Las Vegas than empty desert and the Strip

Let's say I own a home in Summerlin and drive a Mercedes. That doesnt mean I am well off. I could be drowning in debt for all you know. A big house and a nice car doesnt mean somebody is well off
Good one Davie! You're right. Being 'well off' is subjective. Good to see you still on the board.
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