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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Las Vegas Abandoned Construction Site #1

The Las Vegas area is littered with abandoned construction sites -- both commercial and residential.  5 years ago Las Vegas had the lowest unemployment rate in the nation -- now it's over 15%.  5 years ago the city was a boomtown -- construction cranes and building all over the valley.  I remember travelling to LV in 2005 and I counted over 20 huge construction cranes across the skyline.  Now most construction has ground to a halt. 

The photos below are from an area in Henderson called MacDonald Ranch.  MacDonald Ranch is a gated community of million and multi-million dollar homes.  Some of the richest people in the country have homes in MacDonald Ranch -- EBAY founder, Wal-Mart heirs, etc.  Part of MacDonald Ranch has been built, but a huge part of it has just been abandoned.  All the infrastructure is in place -- roads, water, sewer, and graded home sites.  However, the builder just walked away from the site and left thousands if not millions of dollars of equipment behind.  Perhaps one day construction will start again and the project will be finished.
Here’s a pano of the construction site.   Note this is just a small portion of the site.

MCDR pano

Here’s an aerial showing the location:

Map picture

Heavy equipment left behind.  Note – this stuff has not been moved in well over a year!

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Building materials and equipment left behind to slowly rust and deteriorate:

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All over the site are various sorts of batteries, half-full gas cans, and barrels of chemicals.

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Nature is slowing trying to reclaim the construction site:

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Some of the home sites have stunning views of the Las Vegas valley.  Here’s a pano of one of them.  This home site is actually about mid way up the development.  There are sites even higher up in the hills!  This would be the view from the backyard of the home site:


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