LAS VEGAS (AP) — Native American leaders, local and federal officials and conservation area backers are marking the opening of a paved road and visitor contact station at a petroglyph-rich area designated for preservation south of Las Vegas.
Usually when Las Vegas hotels are imploded it's because they are decades old and run down. But the ill-fated Harmon Hotel at CityCenter will likely be turned to rubble before anyone ever sets foot in it.
"The Green Felt Jungle" was a 1963 book about Vegas' seedy corruption - from the mafia to dirty politics. Artist Mark Brandvik decided to expand that theme and create a literal "Green Felt Jungle" gym.
As Zappos prepares to move its headquarters from Henderson to downtown Las Vegas the demand for housing in the area might be on the rise. Realtor, Jack Levine recently told the Las Vegas Sun he has a stack of buyers looking for high rise living downtown, they include teachers, artists and Zappos employees.
One of the big focuses in the Obama jobs bill is jump starting the countries fledgling construction industry. To do that the president wants to invest $50 billion in new infrastructure projects and another $15 billion to rehab vacant and foreclosed and homes and businesses. In Nevada no other industry has been as hard hit as construction. According to the Nevada Department of Employment Training and Rehabilitation of all the jobs lost in Nevada during the economic downturn, roughly one of every two was from the construction industry. We explore whether the initiatives in the Obama jobs plan will help Nevada and if the construction industry will get the promised job growth the bill is touting.
The troubled Harmon Tower at CityCenter was deemed so structurally unfit that an earthquake would likely take the building down. Now, MGM Resorts has said they will demolish the building before anyone ever steps foot in it.
An engineering firm said the defects of an unfinished CityCenter hotel are "pervasive" and would likely collapse in an earthquake. Construction on the Harmon hotel tower stalled a few years ago, when the county discovered structural problems.