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Unread 09-11-2007, 07:22 AM
 
Location: Queens, New York City
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Default Does Las Vegas even have an identity?

Judging by the other threads, Las Vegas seems to have a lameness that is unique to other cities. But in trying to figure out why I was inspired to start a new thread. We know that gambling draws people in droves to Vegas, but as a city what is its identity? Does it even have one? Could Vegas be described as a "fake" city?
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Unread 09-11-2007, 08:04 AM
 
Location: The Bay State
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I vote for "painted harlot." You go, you pay your money, you have your fun, you leave, you can't imagine coming home to it every night . . .
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Unread 09-11-2007, 08:11 AM
 
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Default Based on most of its casinos, no...

Paris? New York, New York? Caesar's Palace? The Venetian?

I guess Las Vegas may have an identity as the world's largest minature golf course.

Las Vegas's identity is the Gambling Mecca of the World, but nothing in Vegas says Vegas. It all screams someplace other than Las Vegas.

Maybe if Las Vegas never got into gambling, it would be known for, I don't know, railroading? Cow skulls? But the Las Vegas of today is centered around one thing, and one thing only: gambling.

As a place to gamble, Las Vegas is fine. But a place of culture and sophistication? Nope. I said before, and I'll say it again, Las Vegas is about as cultured and sophisticated as the South of the Border rest stop in South Carolina.

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Unread 09-11-2007, 08:21 AM
 
Location: NEW JERSEY
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I like Vegas. It's a great place to go for vacation, b/c it's almost like living in a temporary fantasy. All the fake little versions of famous places, the clubs, gambling, good shopping, good food. You can just let loose and get lost in it. Although it doesnt have the culture of other major cities, I would say it's identity is an entertainment captial.
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Unread 09-11-2007, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Western Chicagoland
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Vegas is fun for 2 days, checking out the sights and sounds, visiting replicas of landmarks from around the world, etc. Then its time to get the heck out, its a miserable city and I find it has no identity other than gambling. Its the definition of boring, soulless, sunbelt sprawl.
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Unread 09-11-2007, 08:52 AM
 
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I vote for "painted harlot." You go, you pay your money, you have your fun, you leave, you can't imagine coming home to it every night . . .
Very funny.
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Unread 09-11-2007, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Queens, New York City
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I guess Las Vegas may have an identity as the world's largest minature golf course.
LMAO!!!!!!
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Unread 09-11-2007, 03:37 PM
 
Location: In exile, plotting my coup
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I suppose Las Vegas doesn't have much of a regional identity in the sense of having distinctive food, architecture, or accents; largely due to it being such a new city filled with transplants. It has an identity in the sense of it's "only in Vegas" ridiculous odes to excess, in the gambling, the drive-thru wedding chapels, the quickie divorces, the "adults only" vibe, the drinking in public, etc. So while not an identity per se, it does possess certain attributes that make the city unique which I suppose gives it more of an identity than a place like, say, Phoenix.
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Unread 09-11-2007, 06:40 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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The only identity I'd say Las Vegas has is gambling, and even that is not originally Las Vegas'. Las Vegas is a city with architecture and buildings replicated. To me, Las Vegas seems like a gigantic amusement park/entertainment district with nothing original about it and with characteristics fused together from many different cities around the country and world. It essentially just has more gambling and entertainment in it than other cities. that's about it. Nothing original about it...no cuisine, obviously it's not going to have an accent because that far West there is normally not an accent, it has not been around for nearly as long as most of the cities in the United States. What makes it unique is that it jumbles all these borrowed characteristics from different cities together. So that I guess does make it kind of unique...that is not how most cities build up. To me what makes Las Vegas artificial is that it was essentially started by the Mafia and legally never should have been able to get as big as it got. briefly summarized, Las Vegas does not really impress me. There is nothing to do in Las Vegas that you can't do to some type of degree in any other city.
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Unread 09-11-2007, 09:08 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Yes, Las Vegas has an identity. It may not be an identity you approve of, but it really is unique. Vegas has an EXTREMELY colorful history. The Vegas strip is a really unique 20th/21st century interpretation of the urban form. There's nothing quite like it anywhere else in the world. The Luxor pyramid is not literally supposed to be a replica of the Pyramids of Giza. DUH!?? It's a very playful, "postmodern" architectural statement. The "suburbs" of Vegas off the strip are much denser than your American suburbs. The Las Vegas valley is BURSTING with energy; there's no wonder it's been the fastest growing city in America for over a decade. Somebody here also brought up Phoenix. Phoenix, the other major desert city 6 hours away, is three times bigger than Vegas, slightly older, but it has hardly any history at all. No mobsters, no movie stars, no Elvis, no Bugsy, no nothin-- other than some developers building retirement homes. Pretty much nothing of significance has ever happened in Phoenix. Even as a desert city, ignoring the gambling and the Strip, Vegas is pretty competitive, given the range of natural wonders a short drive from the city.
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