The Real Las Vegas: Life beyond the Strip

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Growing Up in Las Vegas

Marie Sanchez

Airy homes garden sculptures glass-and-file schools palm
lined streets parks fountain courtyards Shakespearean actors
families al fresco dining upscale shopping--a sense of com
munity pride and traditional family values.

The new Green Valley neighborhood offers "a sense of community pride and traditional family values along with the cultural awareness and conveniences often found in larger cities." The developers strive to "make sure their communities thrive for decades to come [since] many home buyers want to feel a sense of community and belonging to the area in which they live." Scenes of happy family life illustrate the brochure. The builders, we are told, have created a strong social setting with such amenities as a "lushly landscaped Paseo [which] meanders through the community . . . craft and art fairs and concerts which are all free . . . a Town Center, a thriving 'centertainment' hot spot with restaurants, a theatre and shopping . . . and more intimate concerts in their acclaimed interactive fountain courtyard area."

Families have lived in the Las Vegas valley ever since Brigham Young first tried to colonize it with Mormon farmers in 1855-57. Molded in part by the apparent rush and abandon of the city's dominant industry, in part by the enduring values of the Old West, and in part by the lingering

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The Real Las Vegas: Life beyond the Strip
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction - The Ultimate Company Town 1
  • Down and Out in Vegas 41
  • Bingo 63
  • Growing Up in Las Vegas 75
  • El Pueblo De Las Vegas 97
  • A View from West Las Vegas 109
  • Water for the Desert Miracle 133
  • For Sale - Thirty Thousand Homes a Year 147
  • Houses of the Holy 167
  • Organizing Las Vegas 181
  • Pawnshops - Lenders of Last Resort 201
  • Skin City 217
  • Law and Disorder Heather World 243
  • Why They'Re Mad - Southern Nevada Versus the United States 259
  • Epilogue - Learning More from Las Vegas 281
  • List of Illustrations 291
  • Notes on Contributors 293
  • Index 297
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