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Old 12-17-2012, 01:35 PM
 
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Born and raised in Vegas, my children are 3rd generation Las Vegans. I have watched this city morph from a sleepy western town to the Babylon of the western hemisphere. In the 70s and 80s, population was a tenth of what it is today. Horseback riding, fishing at Lake Mead, sledding at Mt. Charleston, beautiful orange and pink desert sunsets, attending good schools with kids you've always grown up with. The tight conservative community pride has been overtaken with transient people, both singles and retirees that have already raised there families elsewhere. They outnumber natives and so the vote goes....no new children's hospitals, or schools or parks, or fire.....The university is a Mickey Mouse school, you'll never get taken seriously elsewhere. The children's education is some of the worst in the nation. We lead as highest suicide rates, drop-out rates, teen pregnancy, most dangerous city, unhealthiest city. Our air quality is bad, as is what little water we have left. Just a dry baren wasteland. You cannot escape the smut pushers on the strip, the tacky and usually half-nude billboard advertisements in every direction or on the back of the cabs. Horrible trafic, lack of culture, art and any true diversity. Most of the city councel/county commisioners have been arrested for embezzlement, taking bribes, sexual favors and the like. The Mayor is more interested in pleasing tourists than the constiuants, drinking and promoting mob museum. The locals no longer have a say, even with a vote. This isn't the "old Vegas" you see on tv. No more Sinatra, mahogany bars with Martinis and a quiet charm. No more warm and dry summers. Neon-flash-tackiness and loud obnoxious drunks. An overbuilt city of cookie-cutter-stucco homes and gated-block walls and polluted skies keep the city scorching in 115 degrees for a nice 6 months of summer. Thank God we are leaving next year. No more paying tuition for overprice private schools that ar the lesser of two evils. No more sex on every corner. I'm getting my family out before the water runs out and city is overtaken by illegals.

 
Old 12-17-2012, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Kingman AZ
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Bye
 
Old 12-17-2012, 02:35 PM
 
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Where are you going? Good luck to you wherever you land, unfortunately some of the things you dislike are not uncommon in most other cities as well. Being from the Northeast I can tell you we had some of the exact same disdain for some of the same issues there as well.... Sounds like you need a change, hopefully it will do you and your family well.
 
Old 12-17-2012, 02:40 PM
 
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Where are you going? What kind of work do you do? What side of town did you raise your family? What initially brought you(or your family) to Vegas?


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Old 12-17-2012, 02:41 PM
 
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Bye
That got a literal LOL outta me
 
Old 12-17-2012, 02:51 PM
 
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He remembers a Las Vegas that never was in his time.

Las Vegas natives have been a minority since the 40s or earlier.

The place doubled every decade since its founding up to 1980 when it did only 60% in the decade.

That says natives were a minority throughout its history.

And the newcomers tend to be more willing to spend than the natives. Or at least so it is claimed.
 
Old 12-17-2012, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Minnesota/ Las Vegas
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Just a simple question for the more senior posters here: In your memories, was Las Vegas ever thought of as a sleepy western town?

I have read many threads here; none (to my recollection) referred to Las Vegas as "sleepy".
 
Old 12-17-2012, 04:09 PM
 
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Born and raised in Vegas, my children are 3rd generation Las Vegans. I have watched this city morph from a sleepy western town to the Babylon of the western hemisphere. In the 70s and 80s, population was a tenth of what it is today. Horseback riding, fishing at Lake Mead, sledding at Mt. Charleston, beautiful orange and pink desert sunsets, attending good schools with kids you've always grown up with. The tight conservative community pride has been overtaken with transient people, both singles and retirees that have already raised there families elsewhere. They outnumber natives and so the vote goes....no new children's hospitals, or schools or parks, or fire.....The university is a Mickey Mouse school, you'll never get taken seriously elsewhere. The children's education is some of the worst in the nation. We lead as highest suicide rates, drop-out rates, teen pregnancy, most dangerous city, unhealthiest city. Our air quality is bad, as is what little water we have left. Just a dry baren wasteland. You cannot escape the smut pushers on the strip, the tacky and usually half-nude billboard advertisements in every direction or on the back of the cabs. Horrible trafic, lack of culture, art and any true diversity. Most of the city councel/county commisioners have been arrested for embezzlement, taking bribes, sexual favors and the like. The Mayor is more interested in pleasing tourists than the constiuants, drinking and promoting mob museum. The locals no longer have a say, even with a vote. This isn't the "old Vegas" you see on tv. No more Sinatra, mahogany bars with Martinis and a quiet charm. No more warm and dry summers. Neon-flash-tackiness and loud obnoxious drunks. An overbuilt city of cookie-cutter-stucco homes and gated-block walls and polluted skies keep the city scorching in 115 degrees for a nice 6 months of summer. Thank God we are leaving next year. No more paying tuition for overprice private schools that ar the lesser of two evils. No more sex on every corner. I'm getting my family out before the water runs out and city is overtaken by illegals.
I find it interesting that someone creates an account and their first posting is that they are leaving.
 
Old 12-17-2012, 04:15 PM
 
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I find it interesting that someone creates an account and their first posting is that they are leaving.
It happens, here and in some of the other local/state forums as well.
 
Old 12-17-2012, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Kingman AZ
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Just a simple question for the more senior posters here: In your memories, was Las Vegas ever thought of as a sleepy western town?

I have read many threads here; none (to my recollection) referred to Las Vegas as "sleepy".
I arrived in Las vegas on the 1st day of June 1962....it was a white hot happenin town then and it still is today....there WERE a lot of "sleepy" people....usually at the Showboat getting the 49C breakfast on the way home.....
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