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"This is the end result of all the bright lights... and the comp trips, of all the champagne... and free hotel suites,
and all the broads and all the booze. It's all been arranged just for us to get your money.
That's the truth about Las Vegas. We're the only winners. The players don't stand a chance. "

-- Sam "Ace" Rothstein, Casino, 1995






Thursday, October 28, 2010

Las Vegas Abandoned Construction Site #7


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Welcome to Echelon.  A project started and abandoned by Boyd Gaming on the LV Strip on the site of the Stardust Hotel.   When will this monstrosity get finished, who knows?  Until then it’s just another silent concrete and steel reminder of the construction insanity that swept across Las Vegas a few years ago.  I wonder if “condo” sales were part of the business model on this thing?  Imagine you spend big bucks on a room at Wynn/Encore or Trump and your room faces toward this mess?  Nice.

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3 comments:

  1. I love the Stardust when I frequent there, the better parlor was state of the art from what I remembered....

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  2. The big question:
    Is this just a temporary blip due entirely to economics or is this an indicator that non-Vegas casinos (be they on reservations or on the internet) have eroded the value of any sort of "Vegas experience"?

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  3. My guess is that Las Vegas is still Las Vegas. But they overbuilt for the number of people who come in to town. If I am not mistaken, the airport brings in as many people as possible. The 15 is jammed every weekend. Where did they think that multiple 4,000-room mega resorts were going to have enough people to fill them. And enough people with that much money to fill them?

    I can't tell you how many times my mates and I drove up to party at the Hard Rock, but took rooms down Paradise at the Sahara because of the value. I mean, it only took a few hours of blackjack for free rooms.

    The idea of these mega resorts seem like lunacy.

    My question, when Boyd starts building again, do they just do a scaled-down version of the project and call it the Stardust?

    Some might say that some rebuilds have failed, like the Aladdin. But I believe that had more to do with location.

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