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Steve Wynn used to brag about his casino having the only golf course on the strip. Well, now that Millennials have killed golf, Wynn is finding another use for that prime land.

 

Construction to start on Wynn’s Paradise Park in the spring

 

Wynn Golf Club to close Dec. 22 to make way for new development

 

The carnival-themed new development will have a 103-foot diameter carousel rotating over the man-made lagoon, electric bumper cars that light up when bumped and a nighttime parade with 10-12 floats that guests can pay to join. He will present a budget for the project to his board within 90 days.

 

The development will also have a new 47-story, 1,500-room hotel with its own convention space, casino and restaurants. It will sit roughly between the Encore and the Wynn Las Vegas.

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Well, I guess something had to happen to that horrid golf course.


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How Madison Square Garden Co. is aiming to make every seat the best in the house

 

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Sitting in the last row of New York's iconic Radio City Music Hall, a robotic voice speaks a sentence into the amphitheater.

 

"You are hearing my voice from a speaker that is located on the rear stage wall more than a football field away from your current location."

 

The voice is not blasted at a high volume even though it is coming from 100 meters (about 328 feet) away on a speaker array in the back left corner of the Radio City stage. Yet it sounds nearly as loud and clear as if this reporter was standing directly in front of it.

 

More below:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2018/02/08/how-madison-square-garden-co-aiming-make-every-seat-best-house/318516002/

 

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The north end of the strip is pretty ugly right now, but if all of the proposals move forward, it's going to be totally different a decade from now. The vacant lot across the street from Wynn and Encore will be the new "Wynn West" project (although I bet Wynn's name gets erased from all of his properties before too long); the currently under-construction Resorts World will be completed; the Fontainebleau will be completed as The Drew; and I think the giant parking lot north of Fontainebleau is the proposed site of a new arena. If that all happens, there will basically be no big gap in the strip between the airport and Las Vegas city limits, other than the former site of the Riviera, which is currently a convention center parking lot.

 

While I wouldn't classify any section of the strip as "walkable" or "urban", nearly every casino/resort has gotten rid of their giant parking lots in the front and replaced them with new development facing the street. Awkward plots of lands in between the major properties are getting replaced with new urbanist style outdoor malls, like the Linq Promenade (between Linq and Flamingo) and The Park (between NYNY and the former Monte Carlo, now renamed Park MGM).

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Conversion of Monte Carlo into Park MGM:

 

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A major streetscaping project is underway in the Arts District which includes pedestrian bump-outs at crosswalks:

 

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Las Vegas has gone urban!


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Conversion of Monte Carlo into Park MGM:

 

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A major streetscaping project is underway in the Arts District which includes pedestrian bump-outs at crosswalks:

 

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Travis thanks for the update on the Monte Carlo, first internship was to work on the restoration of the Monte Carlo when the upper floors caught fire.

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Just got back from there yesterday. First time I'd been in about 6 or 7 years and thought recent developments, by and large, have been pretty good - for Vegas. That tawdry strip of sidewalk by Harrah's needs to be demo'd and redone though.


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On 12/21/2017 at 12:51 PM, taestell said:

Steve Wynn used to brag about his casino having the only golf course on the strip. Well, now that Millennials have killed golf, Wynn is finding another use for that prime land.

 

Construction to start on Wynn’s Paradise Park in the spring

 

Wynn Golf Club to close Dec. 22 to make way for new development

 

The carnival-themed new development will have a 103-foot diameter carousel rotating over the man-made lagoon, electric bumper cars that light up when bumped and a nighttime parade with 10-12 floats that guests can pay to join. He will present a budget for the project to his board within 90 days.

 

The development will also have a new 47-story, 1,500-room hotel with its own convention space, casino and restaurants. It will sit roughly between the Encore and the Wynn Las Vegas.

 

Wynn pulled the plug on the Paradise Park project and is in the process of redesigning and rebuilding the golf course...

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The name has finally been announced for the new casino and hotel at 18 Fremont Street: Circa. This is the first modern Strip-style resort to be built in Downtown Las Vegas. I was worried that they were going to do something that would feel totally out of place but they actually came up with a concept that fits in with downtown, has a retro feel, won't feel too out of place on Fremont Street, and yet is completely modern.

 

More renderings here.

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It looks like an ode to the Stardust.  I dig it.


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It should also be noted that Downtown Grand and Fremont Hotel and Casino are also planning to build new hotel towers, and Binion's (which closed their hotel tower in 2009) might be planning to renovate/reopen theirs. So the era of increasingly flashy/themed strip casinos might be coming to and end, with Downtown Las Vegas regaining the spotlight.

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I'm glad to see a renewed interest in Fremont Street and downtown Las Vegas. As fun as the Strip can be, there's something really special about Glitter Gulch and downtown has a really great rough-and-tumble Wild West vibe that makes it have such a strong identity and sense of place compared to the Strip. 


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i hope the binions tower reopens. i really liked the pool on the tower roof. of course when it does it will be something a lot more glossy, but still. 

 

agree fremont is such an interesting old school alternative to the strip -- i am glad to see more investment there.

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On 1/11/2019 at 12:22 PM, taestell said:

It should also be noted that Downtown Grand and Fremont Hotel and Casino are also planning to build new hotel towers, and Binion's (which closed their hotel tower in 2009) might be planning to renovate/reopen theirs. So the era of increasingly flashy/themed strip casinos might be coming to and end, with Downtown Las Vegas regaining the spotlight.

 

And here it is:

 

Binion’s announces plans for boutique hotel in downtown Las Vegas

 

Binion’s is joining the downtown Las Vegas expansion boom.

 

The property, operated by TLC Casino Enterprises, will open 81 of the more than 350 rooms shuttered at Binion’s in 2009 during the Great Recession as a boutique offering to be known as the Apache Hotel at Binion’s. Hotel Apache was one of the original names on the building once owned by the Binion family.

 

The hotel will feature vintage-style furnishings reminiscent of the original Hotel Apache that opened in 1932, company representatives said in posts on Facebook and Instagram.

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12 hour concrete pour for the new Circa resort happens tonight:

 

 

 

Madison Square Garden's Sphere concert venue moving forward:

 

 

 

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Boring Company's underground people mover in Las Vegas coming along

 

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The soon-to-be underground people mover at the Las Vegas Convention Center is now almost six football fields long, according to a construction update from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

 

Tunneling for the project began in November. It's now almost halfway done, the LVCVA says.

 

The people mover was designed by Elon Musk's The Boring Company and will use Tesla vehicles to transport passengers between three stations at the convention center campus 40 feet underground.

 

More below:

https://www.ktnv.com/news/first-look-boring-companys-underground-people-mover-in-las-vegas-coming-along


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^So are the drivers going to be employees?  Or 1099 contractors?  The capacity is going to be amazingly low.  They're literally going to have traffic jams in this tunnel when a group of people decides they want to use it.  

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So the "trams" that will use this tunnel have a maximum capacity of 16 pasengers?

 

Elon invented the subway but worse.

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3 hours ago, taestell said:

"trams" that will use this tunnel

 

For some reason it's called a "loop", for the same unknown reason that a pair of hypothetical pneumatic tubes were dubbed the hyper"loop". 

 

Hey everyone, look at this loop:

 

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On 5/16/2020 at 11:51 AM, taestell said:

So the "trams" that will use this tunnel have a maximum capacity of 16 pasengers?

 

Elon invented the subway but worse.

 

 

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EDIT - I didn't read the full original article or I just glossed over some things..  Holy crap.  It's a 15 minute walk.  For a guy claiming to want to change the way the world drives to save the planet from climate change, this is way worse for the environment than just walking.


 

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The Loop is supposed to be able to move more than 4,000 people per hour through the tunnels in a variety of Tesla vehicles, taking a cross-campus walk that normally takes at least 15 minutes and turning it into a ride that lasts less than two minutes.

 

The Loop will pack those passengers into Model 3s, Model Xs, and a “tram” built on the Model 3 platform that can fit between 12 and 16 passengers, according to Steve Hill, the CEO and president of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, who spoke to The Verge this week.

 

 

I'm struggling with the math here.  At 4,000 per hour, and using an average of 15 passengers per car/tram (is that total or in addition to the passengers in the vehicles?)...they'd need to be completing 267 trips per hour to get to that 4k/hour figure.  What am I missing here?  Even if you say the tunnel is operating in both directions, that's still 133 trips per hour both ways.  Plus, per the posts above, there will be three stations.  Anyone understand how they're supposed to get to 4k people/hour with two one-way tunnels?

 

Either way, it's significantly less efficient than the monorail.

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Tunnel boring machines break through all the time, because there are dozens of TBM companies digging hundreds of tunnels around the world as we speak.  They're lucky if it's local news.  Somehow this teeny-tiny project makes national news. 

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is there a video animation or something of this people mover in action someone can post?

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^ I don't know if there is an animation for it, but this is all it is. It's literally a people mover to go from one side of the convention center to another.

 

On 1/17/2020 at 11:25 AM, ColDayMan said:

Boring Company's underground people mover in Las Vegas coming along

 

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The soon-to-be underground people mover at the Las Vegas Convention Center is now almost six football fields long, according to a construction update from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

 

Tunneling for the project began in November. It's now almost halfway done, the LVCVA says.

 

The people mover was designed by Elon Musk's The Boring Company and will use Tesla vehicles to transport passengers between three stations at the convention center campus 40 feet underground.

 

More below:

https://www.ktnv.com/news/first-look-boring-companys-underground-people-mover-in-las-vegas-coming-along

 

Despite Elon's claim above that the system "will also connect Vegas hotels & airport" there is no current plan to do that. There is no way that it would be worth spending billions of dollars on miles of tunnels under Las Vegas, when it is only capable of moving 16 people per vehicle. How much fare would each passenger have to pay in order for the system to break even?

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