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The Flamingo hasn't held up well, especially with Caesars financial troubles.

 

true, the rooms are nothing special these days (and the "go" rooms are a joke (they look like bad 70's porn could be shot there). . but the price is right for the level of Hotel it is, and the location is just fantastic.

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Is something going to be built on the spot being vacated by the Clarion?

 

The owner claims it will be another hotel. No casino/entertainment this time, primarily focused on getting convention business.

 

However, he is attempting to use the sketchy EB-5 financing model (attracting foreign investors in exchange for U.S. citizenship), so we will see if anything comes to fruition. Construction hasn't resumed on Resorts World either, and they are trying to use the same financing mechanism.

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Here is a great video from one of our local papers!

 

At the 0:22 mark of the video, look towards the bottom right, a street light gets taken out by the building!

 

You will also notice that the elevator shaft and stairwell fails to completely collapse, it was taken down by crane and cable later in the day.

This is the second time that this happened to a Las Vegas Implosion, it happened to The Hacienda in 1996 as well.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcay2TuIlf4

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Really would like to be there for one of these at some point.

 

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I'm glad I was able to make it out to see it in person. Was cool to feel the force of so much dynamite (it shook the parking garage we were watching from that was probably close to a 1/2 mile away). Was also interesting to see them use fans on trucks to push the debris could away from that garage.

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The place was really depressing. I checked it out before the implosion Poorly laid out casino floor that was almost a ghost town. Only downside to losing it will be one less independently operated (and low budget) hotel on the strip.

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The place was really depressing. I checked it out before the implosion Poorly laid out casino floor that was almost a ghost town. Only downside to losing it will be one less independently operated (and low budget) hotel on the strip.

 

yeah, it's a terrible layout -- did you go back to the part of the casino in the hallways around the pool, and towards the convention center?

 

we always walk to the strip from the LVH monorail stop, so always cut thru the Riviera.

 

but it's in bad, bad shape. Really a decline from even 10 years ago.

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^I actually entered the casino from the convention centers/banquet halls thinking it was the main entrance (since it's the closet doors to the parking garage). People are freaking out because it's one of the last links to "old" Vegas---but it's really only a link in name.

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^What's interesting/fascinating to me about Vegas is I think that is the one city in the world that can get away with consistently re-inventing themselves. It's really part of their culture. In Los Angeles, it bums me out whenever a developer demolishes a piece of history for a generic giant condo building. In Las Vegas it doesn't even phase me.

 

I mean, they went from Mob ruled, to mega resorts, to family friendly, to ultra luxury, and now the big thing is non-gaming items like clubs and shopping and conventions.

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Old Vegas is pretty much gone. The strip has been taken over by big companies with mega resorts.

 

My sister just landed their yesterday and sent me a photo of the Circus Circus sign as that is where we used to go when we were kids as it was really the only place on the strip that our parents COULD take us.

 

So that got me thinking about how many of the old Vegas hotels on the Strip are left since I was a kid during the 80's?

 

I could only come up with a few:

 

Circus Circus

Flamingo Hilton

Riviera

Caesar's Palace

Tropicana (although not like the old Trop)

Bally's (formerly MGM Grand)

Hilton (although not on the Strip)

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Old Vegas is pretty much gone. The strip has been taken over by big companies with mega resorts.

 

My sister just landed their yesterday and sent me a photo of the Circus Circus sign as that is where we used to go when we were kids as it was really the only place on the strip that our parents COULD take us.

 

So that got me thinking about how many of the old Vegas hotels on the Strip are left since I was a kid during the 80's?

 

I could only come up with a few:

 

Circus Circus

Flamingo Hilton

Riviera

Caesar's Palace

Tropicana (although not like the old Trop)

Bally's (formerly MGM Grand)

Hilton (although not on the Strip)

 

Of those, Flamingo is no longer a Hilton. . it's just the Flamingo.

Hilton is no longer the Hilton (it was H2 last time we were in town).

 

Slots of Fun is still there next to CircusCircus -- but like Tropicana, they have totally re-done it, so it's the same in name only these days.

 

what about Monte Carlo?. .that's still there. As is Harrah's -- tho they totally re-did the riverboat theme.

 

Freemont has held up a bit better, with several of the classics still around: Binion's, Golden Nugget, Plaza. .

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