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Old 01-18-2013, 07:46 AM
 
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Granted I was only there for 2 days/2 nights, but I was amazed at the contrast between the Vegas Strip and the downtown/city centre. Basically no skyline to speak of, it was more befitting of a city of 50,000 with no charm, and lots of really rundown looking areas. I was also robbed of $20 (well not robbed, but taken for) at a bus stop off the strip near downtown. I was only there because I had lost my camera and I was looking at it at the Fremont street experience.

I know the focus is on the strip, and that probably steals a lot of business, but for such a 'world class' destination as Las Vegas, why can't they do more to make downtown attractive? It felt so deserted and unwelcoming. Why not move some more establishments there, instead of having them all on the strip? Fremont St is pretty cool but there should be more. Maybe a bit more greenery, or at least desert vegetation, malls which are safe with surveillance, shopping centres, condos.etc.
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Old 01-18-2013, 07:52 AM
 
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I like downtown. Almost every bit of Vegas history is gone from the strip. Downtown shows more history as to what Vegas used to be like.
In two days you can't even scratch the surface of what there is to offer on the strip or downtown.
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:20 AM
 
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Also isn't there a concentrated effort by companies like Zappos to rejuvinate the downtown area?

In my trips to Vegas I love to spend a great deal of time downtown becuase of exactly what ToeJam said, the history. The Strip is fun and flashy and newer looking, but I love the older feel of downtown.
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:41 AM
 
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ahhh yesssss Lets bash Las Vegas early in the morning.......
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:50 AM
 
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Granted I was only there for 2 days/2 nights, but I was amazed at the contrast between the Vegas Strip and the downtown/city centre. Basically no skyline to speak of, it was more befitting of a city of 50,000 with no charm, and lots of really rundown looking areas. I was also robbed of $20 (well not robbed, but taken for) at a bus stop off the strip near downtown. I was only there because I had lost my camera and I was looking at it at the Fremont street experience.

I know the focus is on the strip, and that probably steals a lot of business, but for such a 'world class' destination as Las Vegas, why can't they do more to make downtown attractive? It felt so deserted and unwelcoming. Why not move some more establishments there, instead of having them all on the strip? Fremont St is pretty cool but there should be more. Maybe a bit more greenery, or at least desert vegetation, malls which are safe with surveillance, shopping centres, condos.etc.
The strip is not in the city of Las Vegas. Downtown has been going through a resurgence and there are lots of exciting things going on down there. If it was deserted and you just got back, well, those record breaking cold temperatures might have had something to do with it.

Thanks for visiting.

Oh, and Have a Nice Day!
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:52 AM
 
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ahhh yesssss Lets bash Las Vegas early in the morning.......
Every thread that expresses a negative impression is not "bashing". Other cities' forums have similar posts, they aren't "bashing" either.
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Old 01-18-2013, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Henderson, NV
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We just spent a week, split between Henderson and Fremont St. We love downtown! Over the past 6 or 7 years we've traveled to LV a dozen times, and are putting the details together for a move there in late August. Downtown has character! We love the history of the Golden Gate, Binions, LVC, etc. El Cortez is a tad sketchy even for us, but we're much more comfortable downtown than on the strip. I can't wait to explore more of the area, as, although 7 days was the longest we've stayed in one stretch, we didn't accomplish half of what we wanted.
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Old 01-18-2013, 09:07 AM
 
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ahhh yesssss Lets bash Las Vegas early in the morning.......
C'mon, this wasn't a typical anti-Vegas troll post. These are the legitimate views/questions of a foreign visitor to our city perhaps wondering why LV doesn't have a vibrant, skyscraper-laden downtown area typical of other major metropolises.
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Old 01-18-2013, 09:41 AM
 
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If downtown was similar to the strip, what would be the point? Downtown Vegas is a much needed contrast to the Vegas strip.


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Old 01-18-2013, 10:00 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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The strip is not in the city of Las Vegas. Downtown has been going through a resurgence and there are lots of exciting things going on down there. If it was deserted and you just got back, well, those record breaking cold temperatures might have had something to do with it.

Thanks for visiting.

Oh, and Have a Nice Day!
I was there last June when it was about 41C/105F.
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