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Blow it up, start all over again. North Las Vegas Strip

Clarion demolition, Feb. 2015

Clarion demolition, Feb. 2015

The fabled Riviera casino and hotel closes today, it was in bankruptcy and was bought by the convention center. The nearby seriously aging Circus Circus has to wonder how much longer it has. The North Vas Vegas Strip is a bit of a ghost town now due to previous demolitions of hotels, however all that is changing. The $2 billion Resorts World breaks ground May 5. The Clarion was imploded in February and the new owners of the land plan a resort bigger than Wynn and Encore (which are really big.) Other developments sure to come included where New Frontier was and the mothballed Fountainbleau. Las Vegas never stops reinventing itself.

Things don’t always go as planned. The Harmon was meant to be a non-gaming hotel with residences. Located near the Riviera, it was partially completed when major problems with rebar were discovered. After a couple of years of lawsuits, it is being torn down manually.

The New Frontier was imploded in 2007, complete with epic fireworks because it’s Vegas, baby.

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