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Frontier Hotel 1942-2007

Frontier Hotel 1942-2007

"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

Monday, July 11, 2011

Closed? Really?

Here we ago again with urban blight in Las Vegas.  This location is on Tropicana about 2 miles east of the Strip.  What I don't understand is why after a building is demolished, the sign of the former business is allowed to remain standing?  In this case the sign is a target for vandals and taggers -- thereby causing further blight in the area. 

Really?  "The Hop" is closed?  No shit.  Ridiculous.  FYI -- this land is now being used by car washers and street vendors to ply their various trades.  Nice.


  1. Demolition work within a certain distance of a public way often requires additional paperwork including the posting of a utility bond. It would certainly be a separate proceeding than the demolition of the structure itself. That might be one reason.

  2. What it was:
    trendy club ... classic rock and roll ... ranging from thirty-somethings to seniors.
    doors open at 7:30p ... cover 40 tunes a bit of reggae and hip-hop... free entry for women until midnight.
    Okay, so it was a two night a week club of ill-defined target demographics probably offering too much reggae and hip-hop to get a good crowd. Tried to charge admission as well as drinks for music that wasn't that good and a crowd of men that were not that desirable and women who were not young.
    Let the sign stay as a memorial!
    I just wonder if its a memorial to stupidity or not.

  3. Actually some municipalities are adopting ordinances concerning soaping of storefront windows in businesses that are closed and the posting of for-rent signs or the installation of wooden window protectors. It is indeed an invitation to further vandalism if signs are left after a structure is demolished but even minor demolition that close to a sidewalk and street would probably require posting a bond to pay for any damage to the water mains or electrical lines or the streets. The paperwork is more trouble than its worth particularly since sometimes the sign is not owned by the business that was there.

  4. The recent hearings on abandoned construction projects may result in an ordinance being adopted that would affect such demolitions and the after-care of the property that would be involved.