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Old 02-11-2013, 02:42 AM
 
Location: Europe
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I think it's not a real copy of real Las vegas. By the way not many Europeans or at least Spaniards go to the US to see Las Vegas or Disney, or at least not with that unique purpose. The weird idea about "Europe is copying..." it quite funny for me lol.
The name must be to atract more people...

About the projects, I HOPE it brings employment and money.
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Old 02-11-2013, 03:51 AM
 
Location: Near Tours, France about 4710'N 025'E
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I'm against. Going to casinos doesn't fit at all in European culture. The "las Vegas" spirit doesn't fit in any European palce, especially not Madrid. I don't think Madrid, which is already the third biggest European city, in the heart of one of the most interesting cultural areas of Europe doesn't need this kind of developpements. There could have been lots of other investments (science parks, world-class universities, or even theme parks based on more cultural stuff) more able to bling job than this superficial project (which I think will never be able to attract many tourist). I'd prefer 10000 times going to Madrid to feel the spanish culture, going to Toledo, Segovia orthe Escurial than this "Las Vegas"...

PS: the Eurodisney project in Paris suburb was supposed to boost jobs also. The parc as almost being in bankrupcy in the 90's, and is still now much below the job expections that were made. This would be worse in Madrid's "las vegas".
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Old 02-11-2013, 05:13 AM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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Looks and sounds absolutely appalling but I guess someone saw a country in dire economic straits and is trying to take advantage of it. "War profiteering" so to speak. Wasn't it Rothschild who infamously said "when there is blood on the streets, buy property"....

Let's carry on turning everywhere with an ounce of character into a tacky environmental and social hell-hole and then let's ensure there is nowhere left on the planet with even a trace left of their culture.

Hell, who needs culture when you can have slot machines and blackjack tables, and "entertainment" 24 hours a day.

Might as well turn The Prado or the Alhambra into casinos whilst we are at it, the Altamira caves into strip joints, and for good measure any Velazquez or Goya can become shooting target practices too.... Santiago de Compostela could be run by the Disney Corporation and turned into "Ye Olde Merry Spain" Medieval Theme Park with serving wenches galore....


Vegas is already one monstrosity too far, must we really spread the disease ? The propensity human beings have for cultural and environmental vandalism will never cease to amaze me.
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Old 02-11-2013, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Nob Hill, San Francisco, CA
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TBH a lot of you folks have been talking about only Las Vegas but this project looks like a hybrid of NYC's Time Square and Vegas' strip. If you view all the renderings it looks like a 2 in 1 combo. In fact it even looks like like Times Square than the Las Vegas strip.

btw, I'm not against this project. There are many reasons to visit Madrid, this will add just another one to the long list. It is not like they are tearing down historic buildings to build this, in that case its a good project. This project will also give Madrid the tallest tower in the EU, I think.
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:29 PM
 
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Spain is broke and defeated and people need work, beggars can't be picky.
The whole monetary union stuff, EEC, a weird and overly expensive "democracy", corruption and mannic and overly stupid politicians are driving this country to a holocaust...
I hope it works, yes, it's tacky as hell but so were little flamenco dancer dolls, little stuffed bulls and bullfights for tourists....in fact, everything related to tourism is tacky...
This country has to press "reset" and begin all over again...
A country of waiters and bullfighters can't join a club of rich people, we are forced to be tacky and cheap!!!
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:07 PM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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This would surprise most people, but the percentage of people who come to Las Vegas to gamble is now down to 27% and falling! This new generation has little interest in gambling, and the Baby Boom generation, which is a gambling generation, is dying off!

So!!! The Las Vegas casino moguls must constantly hunt around for new territory to expand, and it's a race against the clock!

I would guess it would serve as an attraction to a number of people from the Middle East, and Africa, as it will save them longer plane trips to Macau or Las Vegas.
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Old 02-13-2013, 03:59 AM
 
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I guess they must be counting on massive arrival of visitors, in Spain there's plenty of casinos, slot machines in every bar, a vast array of lotteries.
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Old 02-13-2013, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Scotland
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Still 26% of all visitors there to gamble is a lot.
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Old 02-13-2013, 12:09 PM
 
Location: North West Northern Ireland.
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Personally I think Europe is becoming a min-America.

Just seen pictures of these new skyscapers in London and I am surprised. Lots going up and lots planned. By 2018 the city will look very different to what it looked 10 years ago.
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Old 02-13-2013, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Scotland
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Yeah, Marseille, Barcelona, Rome, Budapest, Lisbon, Bucharest etc SCREAM America!........ not.

London has plenty that sets it apart from America. The skyscrapers, which can be found all over the globe not just London and America, are because lack of space.
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