WALK TALK: Major casinos on the Strip are converting sidewalk into an engaging public experience. Vegas Seven credits Hawaiian Marketplace for that trend, that a decade ago was sniffed at for being “woefully pedestrian.” [Vegas Seven]
MEANWHILE: KNPR's review of "Horror Vacui" by Jenessa Kenway has this dark little passage: "Casinos are destroyed and new ones rise from their graves. Throngs of tourists lurch in zombie-thick packs, intermittently offered meals, tickets, topless dancing and other pleasures of the flesh by the ubiquitous card-flickers." [KNPR]
SPEAKING OF UN-DEAD: No implosion for the Harmon at City Center. It leaves the Strip like a carcass picked away by vultures. But it leaves a footprint. “Seemingly it could be used as part of MGM’s plan for more inviting outdoor Las Vegas Strip space for food and beverage outlets, more inviting property access points, and other nongaming amenities,” [Union Gaming Group analyst Robert] Shore said to the R-J.
NEW LIFE FOR STREET AND SIDEWALK: Ground will be broken next week on a $13.9 million project on Main Street between Bonneville Avenue and U.S. 95 that will widened sidewalks, improve paving, enhance street lighting and toss in some beautification with trees and planters.
PAINT THIS DESERT PUBLIC ART PITCH: Early talks of public art being part of the improvements for Main Street have been bantered around, but nothing is planned. This rehab of infrastructure is the chance to coordinate utilities, which could be a way for temporary lighting structures be a seasonal pop-up public art gallery.
Above: Stephen Hendee created sculpture for the celebration of 30 years of public art programming in the City of Las Vegas.