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Las Vegas, Nv.- From Entertainment to Offices
by Howard Giske

Las Vegas is a city of almost 600,000 people, and the center of a population of almost 2 million in the Las Vegas valley and Clark County. It is one of the fastest growing large cities in the United States. The center of Las Vegas' economy is tourism, casino gambling, convention centers, and other forms of entertainment, with a certain amount of finance, and real estate interests also coming into play. In the area is Nellis Air Force base. Las Vegas is at about 2,000 feet above sea level, with higher mountains around it.

Some well known areas of Las Vegas, such as the Strip, extend outside of the city limits. The mega-casinos of the strip have become the real Vegas these days. The Mirage was constructed on the strip in 1989. Then there is Circus, Circus Hotel and Casino, with 3,700 rooms and a large number of restaurants. Other casinos are still close to downtown, like the California Hotel and Casino that actually seems to have an affinity for Hawaii. It's located a block away from the Fremont Street Experience, and near the Bridge Ave. skywalk. A space frame has been constructed over 5 blocks of Fremont St. in Downtown Las Vegas, to create the "Freemont Street Experience", already home to a bunch of casinos. This frame covers the street at a height of 90 feet. Every evening there is a full light and sound show. Another construction project in Las Vegas is the new Chinatown which features Asian markets and restaurants.

Higher educational facilities include the University of Nevada, Las Vegas located in nearby Paradise, Nevada and the University of Nevada Medical School near downtown Las Vegas. Other schools not far away are Nevada State College and Touro University Nevada in nearby Henderson. The Community College of Southern Nevada has campuses in Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and Henderson.

The no corporate tax policy and easy requirement to start a new corporation in Nevada, have helped attract banking and other financial businesses to Las Vegas. This has helped diversify the economy. Many large construction projects have changed the face of Las Vegas already. The Stratosphere tower, at 1,149 feet is the tallest structure in the Western United States, and was completed in 1996. The tower is part of the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino, and on its top has a restaurant, lounge, and a number of amusement rides. Probably, the largest new office construction and group of mixed-use buildings are on the site of Union Park, a 61 acre site that the city of Las Vegas purchased from the Union Pacific Railroad. Hi-rise luxury condos have been constructed in Las Vegas, especially along the Las Vegas Strip, such as Turnberry Towers on the Strip. Other condos are further out from the city, in gated communities, and in some cases have their own golf course.

There is public transportation in Las Vegas, the CAT Bus, which covers most of the Las Vegas valley. There is also the 4 mile-long, and possibly expanding Las Vegas Monorail, which runs north and south parallel to the Strip, from the MGM Grand Hotel, to the Sahara. The McCarran International Airport provides commercial flights and serves private aircraft, domestic and international passenger flights, and freight/cargo flights.

About the Author

Howard Giske writes about nationwide real estate. For more on Las Vegas homeshttp://www.lvoffice.com/ and offices, see http://www.lvoffice.com/

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