Since we are about to embark on another cross-country road trip today (as detailed in this item at Iacono Research), it seemed like a case of “now or never” to get a few comments up about our journey to Las Vegas last month, so, what follows is a quick recap of our visit along with a few thoughts about how the area has changed and how we’ve changed.
It was a fascinating trip in many ways and the “end of an era’” as well since one of the main reasons we made the journey was to visit relatives who are now racing the clock to get everything squared away before the moving vans show up in a couple weeks to take them to Arkansas after having lived in Las Vegas for more than 20 years.
They managed to sell their house in North Las Vegas at about the same price they paid back in the late-1980s, a 2012 housing success story if ever there was one for one of the nation’s worst housing markets.
Since they’ll no longer be there, we have even less of a reason to go back there which is why it seems unlikely that we’ll ever visit the place again. If we ever return to Southern California, we’ll likely pass through, but I’m guessing that we’ll never spend the night there again or walk the streets and take in the sights.
Despite the opulence of places like the Venetian, Wynn, and Palazzo, the area had an even greater underlying sense of despair and an obviously growing divide between the rich and the poor that make it all a little depressing to take in – kind of like the troubled relative who shows up at a family gathering with a nice car and a nice, tidy appearance when you know from hearing the family talk about him that the guy’s life is a mess.
From the outside, things appear just fine, but beneath the shiny veneer, it’s a different story.