USA Today has a cover story on the evolution of Las Vegas into a large, Western city with appeal far beyond gaming.
Las Vegas moving 'from a circus act to a regular city'
Categories: Las Vegas Strip
A good overview of Las Vegas growth. But, I moved to Vegas in early 1996 and don't really see much difference in terms of life away from the Strip today from then. Obviously, growth continues and improved specialized medical treatment may be the one thing new. Otherwise, the shopping centers and ball fields and new schools, etc. were all available 10 years ago. I think it is more that the nation and media are more aware of Vegas as more than just the Strip nowadays. When I moved there from Minnesota, my mother, who hadn't visited there since 1964, remarked, "I didn't think anyone really lived there." Now, with the relentless growth and continued hype about real estate markets and new condo's and all the non-gaming entertainment, more people VIEW Vegas as a real city but it's had these elements for at least a couple decades.
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