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Old 03-15-2009, 01:29 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Carry on Buzz.

All this talk of economic downturn is hard to find. We went out for dinner Fri. night and were rushed for time. We hit three local restuarants before we could find one with less than an hour wait.

Every Sat. when we are out running errands, the traffic is heavy and every store is doing a brisk business. Since we bought a house in Nov., I thought we'd be among the few out shopping, wrong.

This part is sad, but true. Those caught up in foreclosures are filing up the apartment complexes. Those who can are buying bank owned properties.

Soon, Thisissam, things will turn around. We hope you will come back and spend lots of time standing in lines. Welcome Back.
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Old 03-15-2009, 01:44 AM
 
Location: South Strip, NV --> Philly (Fall 2009)
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Carry on Buzz.

All this talk of economic downturn is hard to find. We went out for dinner Fri. night and were rushed for time. We hit three local restuarants before we could find one with less than an hour wait.

Every Sat. when we are out running errands, the traffic is heavy and every store is doing a brisk business. Since we bought a house in Nov., I thought we'd be among the few out shopping, wrong.

This part is sad, but true. Those caught up in foreclosures are filing up the apartment complexes. Those who can are buying bank owned properties.

Soon, Thisissam, things will turn around. We hope you will come back and spend lots of time standing in lines. Welcome Back.
were those restaurants and stores chains or Mom and Pops?

I see the mom and pop places suffering a lot more and are less busy, which are very sad because a chain can come and go but the Mom and Pop places are a part of our community...

I still haven't seen any restaurants with one hour waits, maybe they are having one hour waits not because they are busy but because they are understaffed and cutting hours to save on food costs and labor since people aren't ordering as much food or appetizers or expensive entrees?
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Old 03-15-2009, 01:46 AM
 
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ya i agree it's tough and all we can do is have hope even though its hard sometimes...every time you pass by another half built, dark, and empty high rise you lose some of that hope

when i talked to a salesman at trump he said they have sold only 400 out of 1,252 and that things are tough and even though vegas has been hit hard they hope to rebound


i hope the stimulus bill works b/c it will help vegas but with the vice president sayin it has a 30% chance of failure well, who knows what will happen.
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Old 03-15-2009, 01:50 AM
 
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i had to eat in darkness b/c a lot of the lights were turned off, literally, at 7pm at the new food court that's in the middle of the strip and there were maybe 15 people in that whole thing if even that...

*sigh*
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Old 03-15-2009, 01:54 AM
 
Location: South Strip, NV --> Philly (Fall 2009)
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yeh, i think i know of the food court you're talking about, its a very nice, clean one at the Showcase Mall, but it was only half filled up with people when i went a month ago...and a lot of the places were understaffed because there would be a little rush, but it would be really slow again...In fact one of the counters was closed...
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Old 03-15-2009, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas (Huntridge)
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i wonder how hit or miss it is....i was in the venetian on friday night and while i wouldn't say packed, it was still bustling after midnight. even in food court had people in it, although we did get one of the worst wraps ever (grilled veggies....which sounds good, but was swimming in oil...we had to dissect it apart to eat it as it couldn't really be picked up...if i wasn't so hungry it would have been taken back).

last sunday we tooled around FSE....plenty of people. and this was a sunday night/monday morning.

wonder what it is like during the week.....
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Old 03-15-2009, 10:35 AM
 
Location: 89113
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Maybe its not what it used to be but id have to disagree on dying. Drive down the strip about 6:30am and try not to hit a construction worker crossing the street going to City Center. I see them working on it all the time on weekdays. Go by Orleans on a weekday at noon, I have a tough time finding a parking spot. Far from what I hear people describing. What I see looks totally different than what you doom and gloomers all seem to see. Maybe its because Im not looking for the negative?

However if youre wondering why it may be slow in Vegas, read one of the other 3000 threads with the same topic. Ill sum it up for you, THE ECONOMY IS ****ED UP, for some people. Its the same in pretty much every city. Make sure you post your experiences in other cities forums too. The Vegas forum gets **** on all around with this bad economy crap.
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Old 03-15-2009, 10:42 AM
 
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"Oh no I didn't wait 2 hours in line to get some food that means Vegas is dead."

I was in Vegas less than a month ago and it looked the same to me, so it's hard for me to believe that the apocalypse of Vegas has since occurred. Your post makes it sound like a scene out of Terminator 2, with empty swing sets blowing in the wind.

I had an extremely long wait to check in to my hotel, on a Tuesday afternoon, which was annoying. I also had an hour wait to eat at the Wynn Buffet (again annoying).

The Venetian poker room was packed. The Rhino was packed, on a Wednesday night I might add.

Yes there are some eyesores that are half completed projects. Vegas over saturated itself, and the market is merely correcting itself. If our government would simply let the free market work (ie no more bailouts) than this "recession" would be over sooner rather than later.

But if it makes you feel better, than by all means stand on the corner holding "the end is near" signs. As for myself I'll be enjoying some of the great deals that abound due to the economy being less than optimal.
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Old 03-15-2009, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Upstate NY!
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I don't want to see LV die...but a move towards Old Vegas (1960's) would be fine with me. The future of Las Vegas is in it's past. That phrase should be the new mantra for LV marketing.

btw...saw the new ad campaign for LV while watching SNL last night. Ugh...not tempting at all. Some crap pieces about those people they flew in from some no-name town in rural Texas, saying how great LV is. 'Las Vegas/Smalltown' showed at the end where 'What happen in Vegas, Stays in Vegas' used to. What are they thinking...or not thinking!
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Old 03-15-2009, 11:12 AM
 
Location: NW Las Vegas - Lone Mountain
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Vegas is just not what it use to be. So many half built high rises and buildings like City Center just sitting there weathering away with no construction on, yes, weekdays. I remeber having to wait an hour at the check in line at the hotel before and now hardly 15 minutes if even that.

The crowd in the hotels and restaurants are thin. The gentlemens clubs are bout 2/3 empty by midnight and its just depressing. I remember waiting 90 minutes at 2am to eat dinner at a restaurant. Now I walk in and maybe 8-9 people there at 12ish and half the resraurants lights off.

So depressing to go to Vegas and the energy and excitement that was alwys there is now gone.

And honestly, who knows whether it will ever come back seems like its hayday is dying if not already dead. *sigh*
It is interesting to see this. There of course is no slowdown in building of City Center...yet a guest sees it "just sitting there weathering away with no construction on, yes, weekdays." Which is of course completely incorrect.

I consider 15 minutes to check in at a hotel past a reasonable delay. Yet our guest bemoans it as showing the decline of Las Vegas.

All tends to show that people see what they think is true...even in the face of fact.

Tends to show how this entire crisis has its roots in beliefs rather than facts.


Yup things have slowed...and may well slow some more. But "dying"?

Spare us from shallow views.
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