Las Vegas: Canary in the Coal Mine


(Guest post by Matthew Ladner)

I returned from Las Vegas last night, where the Nevada Policy Research Institute put on an excellent forum on education reform in the Silver State.

If you want to get increasingly worried about the depth of the current recession, wander around the high-end shops in the casinos. You’ll see three immaculately dressed sales people, usually in black attire, standing around hoping that someone will come in the door. Few people ever do.

The black attire is quite appropriate.

I also had a chance to inspect Encore, Steve Wynn’s followup to the Wynn. My expectations were high, and I must confess that I was a little disappointed to find that he hadn’t done a grand work of public art like the Bellagio Fountains or the Wynn Waterfall. Perhaps that is still in the works, but for now, the Encore looks like a copy of the Wynn with more red hues in the interior.

Not that its a bad thing, mind you, but I was expecting to be hit with the unexpected.

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